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FG declares three-day holiday to mark Christmas, New Year


The federal government has declared Monday 26 and Tuesday, 27 December 2016, as public holidays to mark the Christmas and Boxing Day celebrations.

Similarly, Monday, January 2, 2017, is to be marked as holiday to usher in the New Year respectively.

A statement signed by Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Interior said the Minister, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, enjoined all Christian faithful and Nigerians, in general, to remain committed and supportive of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, in his sustained efforts towards building a peaceful, united and prosperous nation.

Dambazau also urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity and peaceful co-existence across the country.

The Minister wishes all Nigerians at home and abroad, a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year 2017.

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  • smart

    Actually two 26th is boxing day.. So we are left with 27th Dec. and 2nd Jan.

    • Jumpingbrook

      Na so

  • Jumpingbrook

    Guardian Newspaper Editor is a listening one, thanks for making corrections, if it were to be Punch, they will delete my comment and ban me from further posting. Good Job!

  • ODEYEMI Olusoji

    Must we declare another day for a public holiday that falls on a weekend? I think it is a sign of unwilling to work, a propensity for absconding from meaningful labour! This harmful practice should be jettisoned forthwith!

  • Pastor Chris Allu

    Dambazzau and Religion will kill this country. A Nation of lazy leaders and followers.4 days of idolatry in a country in recession?. Shame !!!

    • Comfort Destiny

      There’s nothing wrong in declaring those days as public holidays. If you choose not to celebrate then go to work on those days! It is good to celebrate with families and friends during Christmas and to usher in the New Year?