FG declares public holidays for Christmas, New Year celebrations


The Federal Government has declared December 25th and 26th as public holidays for the Christmas and Boxing Day celebrations. It also declared Monday, January 1st, 2024 as a public holiday for New Year’s Day festivities.

“The Federal Government has declared Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th December, 2023 and Monday, January, 1st 2024 as public holidays to mark Christmas and New Year Day celebrations, respectively, ” the Director Overseeing Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior Peter Egbodo said in a Friday statement.

He quoted the Minister of Interior Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo as making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government and felicitated Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion. “Dr Tunji-Ojo enjoined Christians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ in His practice and teachings of humility, service, compassion, and patience. peace and righteousness that His birth signifies,” he added.

“He emphasized that peace and security are critical prerequisites for economic development and prosperity.” The minister assured that the Federal Government has put measures in place for the security of lives, especially during the celebrations. But Tunji-Ojo called on Nigerians to be “security conscious, and report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agencies”. According to him, the Yuletide season calls for discipline to protect the lives and properties nationwide.

“Dr Tunji-Ojo admonished all Citizens to remain focused that, the year 2024 will be a better year with the Renewed Hope agenda of the President. The Minister wishes all Nigerians, especially Christians a happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year celebration,” the statement further read.


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