The Federal Government on Friday declared December 26, 27 and January 2, 2023, as public holidays.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore in Abuja.
The public holidays are to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations respectively.
Aregbesola felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians at home and diaspora on the celebrations.
He enjoined Christians to emulate the doctrines of Christ in 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.
Aregbesola urged Nigerians not to be lulled into insensitive crisis by criminally minded elements that wants to create anarchy in the country.
The Minister asked Nigerians to be security conscious and report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS.
He added, “When you see something do N-Alert, as this would elicit prompt response from security agents.
“Moderately celebrate the festival, avoid the spread of fake news and be responsible. Take it as a point of duty you own your father land ”.
The Minister also assures Nigerians that the government had 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.