The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th December 2016 and Monday 2nd January 2017 as Public Holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations respectively.
The declaration was made on behalf of the Federal Government, by the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau in a statement signed by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido on Wednesday.
The minister enjoined all Christian faithful and Nigerians in general, to remain 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 unity and peaceful co-existence across the country. The Minister wished all Nigerians at home and abroad, a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year 2017.
In other news, the federal government has penned down N180 million for social media influencers to help boost the government’s battered image in 2017.
Aware of its depleting image in the eyes of the public, the Buhari-led administration which came into power last year has through the ministry of information and culture budgeted N180 million to pay social media influencers in 2017 as contained in the 2017 Appropriation Bill presented to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Buhari last week.
In the last few months, the present administration despite its well-planned public relations campaign with the ‘Change’ mantra has had poor public ratings.
Social media influencers are people who wield influence through social media. They are regular people offline but are celebrities online with powerfully engaged social media followings.
The Buhari campaign team engaged social media influencers such as Tolu Ogunlesi who was appointed to coordinate its social media team before the 2015 general elections and have stuck with them ever since.