Kuni Tyessi in Abuja
The federal government has declared December 25 and 26, 2018, and January 1, 2019, as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations, respectively.
Minister of Interior, Lt. General (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja.
According to the statement signed by Director of Press of the ministry, Mr. Mohammed Manga, the minister enjoined Christian faithful and all Nigerians to use the period to pray earnestly for progress and development of Nigeria.
He called on Nigerians to strengthen their resolve to maintain peace and unity in the country before, during and after the 2019 general elections, in the spirit of the season.
Dambazau further urged all Nigerians, “both at home and abroad, to support the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination and sustained efforts towards a peaceful,united and virile nation.”
He wished Nigerians happy Christmas and New Year celebrations.