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BREAKING: Nigerian government announces dates for Christmas, New Year public holidays

The federal government has declared December 26, 27, and January 2, 2023, as public holidays.

The public holidays are to mark Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day celebrations respectively.

The Minister of Interior made the announcement in a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior Permanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib M.L. Belgore on Friday, December 16, 2022.

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Aregbesola while felicitating with Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations said this Yuletide calls for spartan discipline in order to protect the lives and properties of everyone in our community and the nation as a whole.

Aregbesola advised “Moderately celebrate the festival avoid the spread of fake news and be responsible.

The Minister urges Nigerians to be security conscious, asking them to report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS, saying “when you see something do N-Alert, as this would elicit prompt response”.

Aregbesola strongly charges Nigerians not to be lulled into insensitive crisis by criminally minded elements that wants to create anarchy in the country “This calls for deliberate responsibility and discipline on the part of all”, the Minister stresses.

He urges Christians and Nigerians to make the best use of this festive period to pray for the total eradication of insecurity bedevilling our dear nation.

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This will be the best way to portray Christ and celebrate his birth”, he noted. He emphasizes that peace and security are two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity.

Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoins 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.

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