By KEMI KASUMU
The Federal Government has declared December 25, 26 and January 1, 2024, as public holidays.
The ministry of interior announced the holidays on Friday in a statement signed by Peter Egbodo, a director at the ministry.
The public holidays are to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations, respectively.
According to the statement, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, minister of interior, enjoined Christians to “emulate the life of Jesus Christ in His practice and teachings of humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness that His birth signifies”.
The minister said peace and security are two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity.
He said the federal government has put in place measures to secure lives and property and urged Nigerians to support security agencies by providing useful information.
He also asked Nigerians to be security conscious and advised them to report suspicious activities to security agencies.
Tunji-Ojo admonished all citizens to “remain focused, noting that the “year 2024 will be a better year with the Renewed Hope agenda of the President”.