FEDERAL Government has declared Monday, December 26, Tuesday , December 27, 2022 and Monday, January 2, 2023, as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations respectively.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government felicitated Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations and enjoined Christians to emulate Jesus Christ in deeds and follow his teachings, especially on faith, hope and love.
“We must imbibe the life of Jesus Christ in His practice and teachings on humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness that His birth signifies. This will be the best way to portray Christ and celebrate his birth”.
He said that peace and security are two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity and urged Christians and Nigerians to make the best use of this festive period to pray for the total eradication of any vestige of insecurity in the nation.
He reminded Nigerians that the coming year, 2023, is an election and political transition year and Nigerians should prepare to make it a huge success by voting peacefully and avoiding anything capable of marring the exercise in any way.
Aregbesola also assures that the government has put in place effective measures for the security of lives and property and expects Nigerians to support the efforts of security agencies by providing useful information that will assist them in the performance of their duties.
The minister urged Nigerians to be security conscious, asking them to report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency and through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS, saying “when you see something, do N-Alert, as this would elicit prompt response from security agents”.
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