As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s Eid-Maulud, the birth of Prophet Muhammed in Islam, and Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, the Federal Government has declared December 24, 25 and 28 as public holidays to mark Maulud Nabiy, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, respectively.
Consequently, the public holiday now span from tomorrow this week to Monday next week.
Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), made the declaration in Abuja yesterday in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Bassey Akpanyung.
The statement reads: “The Federal Government has declared Thursday, 24th December, 2015 as public holiday to mark Eid-El-Maulud celebration. Friday, 25th and Monday 28th December, 2015 have also been declared as public holidays to mark Christmas and Boxing Day celebration.”
Dambazau also enjoined Muslim and Christian faithful to use the unique occasions to pray for the peace and unity of Nigeria, even as he advised Nigerians to cooperate and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to build a peaceful, united and prosperous nation.
The minister wished Nigerians, home and abroad, happy celebrations.

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