The Federal Government has declared December 25, 26 2019 as well as January 1, 2020, as public holidays for Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations respectively.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, through a statement by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Georgina Ehuri made this yesterday in Abuja.
The minister felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians at home and abroad on the 2019 Christmas and New Year celebrations.
He enjoined Christians to live by the virtues and teachings of Jesus Christ.
According to him, those virtues hinge on compassion, patience, peace, humility, righteousness, and love for one another.
Aregbesola noted that living by them would guarantee an atmosphere of peace and security in the country.
He said the determination of the Federal Government towards peace and security would engender inflow of foreign direct investment, thereby revitalizing the nation’s economy.
He noted further that it would improve employment opportunities for the teeming youths in the country.
He also expressed confidence that 2020 would be a breakthrough year for all Nigerians.
The minister assured Nigerians that the Federal Government, under the “visionary leadership” of President Muhammadu Buhari, would make life more meaningful for all Nigerians.
He urged Christians to use the period to pray for Nigeria. He also admonished all citizens to remain focused and determined as well as persist in displaying love towards one another.
Aregebesola noted that with patience and perseverance the current security challenges would be overcome.
“With love for one another, hard work, selfless service, patience and patriotism, Nigeria will sooner than later join the league of developed nations,” he said.
The minister wished Nigerians a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations.