Wednesday, December 23, 2015 9:56 pm
Official work is on hold in Nigeria until 29 December as the Federal government declared three work days public holidays for festivities.
The days are December 24, 25 and 28. They are to mark Maulud Nabiy, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, respectively.
The Minister of the Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Tuesday in Abuja in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung.
“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,” the statement said.
The minister enjoined Muslim and Christian faithful to use the unique occasion to pray for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
Eid-Maulud is the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammed in Islam, while Christmas is celebrated by Christians to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.