By Yakubu Lawal
The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, 25th, Wednesday, 26th December 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019, as public holidays to mark Xmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations.
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) made the declaration in Abuja on Wednesday.
A statement issued by the Director of Press, Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, said the minister enjoined all Christian faithful and Nigerians to use the period in praying earnestly for the betterment and development of Nigeria.
The statement called on Nigerians to strengthen their resolve to maintain peace and unity in the country before, during and after the general elections, in the spirit of the season.
It 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.”
The Minister wished Nigerians happy Christmas and New Year celebrations.