- All celebrations to mark Christmas as well as New Year in Benue state have been cancelled for this year
- Governor Samuel Ortom explained that the decision was as a result of the security situation in the state
- It may also have to do with the ravaging coronavirus as residents have been asked to celebrate at home in line with safety protocols
Due to fears over the issue of insecurity, the Benue government has cancelled all forms of celebrations during Christmas and New Year across 23 local government areas of the state.
The decision of the state government was revealed by the governor of the Benue state, Samuel Ortom on Thursday, December 17, Daily Trust reports.
The governor explained that the decision was taken at the state’s security council meeting at the Government House in Makurdi.
According to him, the security council decided to ban activities to mark Christmas and New Year after reviewing the state's security situation.
Ortom went on to advise residents of Benue state to celebrate the festive season in their homes in line with the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos state government has announced that it is working hard to ensure the availability of rice for Lagosians during the festive period.
Lagos commissioner for agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, on Monday, December 14, said that the state government will begin the sales of rice to residents before the Christmas celebration.
The interventionist programme is in collaboration with the Kebbi state government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), according to the commissioner.
In a related development, the United States has again asked its citizens to exercise caution while residing or travelling to Nigeria for the Christmas holidays.
The American Embassy revealed this in a new security alert posted on its website on Wednesday, December 16.
In the security alert published, the US warned its citizens that during the holiday period issues of insecurity ranging from petty street crime to carjacking may increase in the West African country.
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