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.