The Federal Government has declared December 24th, 25th and 28th as public holidays to mark Maulud Nabiy (birth of Prophet Muhammed), Christmas Day (birth of Jesus Christ) and Boxing Day, respectively.
The Minister of the Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau,, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in a statement on Monday, signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung.
“The Federal Government has declared Thursday, 24th December, 2017 as public holiday to mark Eid-El-Maulud celebration.
“Friday, 25th and Monday 28th December, 2017 have also been declared as public holidays to mark Christmas and Boxing Day celebration,” the statement said.
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.