The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, December 26, and Tuesday December 27 as public holidays to mark the Christmas and Boxing Day.
Also, the Federal Govt. declared Monday, January 2, 2017 as public holiday to mark the New Year.
The declaration was made through a statement released in Abuja on Wednesday by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau.
In the statement signed by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Muhammadu Maccido, the minister called for peace and unity in the country.
He called on all the Christian Faithful and Nigerians as a whole to remain committed and supportive of the President Muhammadu Buhari led government in his continual efforts towards building a peaceful, united and prosperous nation.
Dambazau also enjoined Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for unity, peace and peaceful co-existence across the country.
The Minister however, wished all Nigerians at home and abroad, a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year 2017.