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#NigeriaDecides2019: FG declares Friday public holiday, exempts some service providers

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Middle Belt group wants Interior minister Dambazau to resign

The federal government has declared Friday, February 22, 2019, as a public holiday, in preparation for the rescheduled February 23 elections.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, via a statement on Wednesday, however, exempted banks and those offering essential services across the nation.

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“Federal Government declares Friday 22, February 2019 as work-free day. Those providing essential duties and bankers are excluded.

“The work-free day is to enable citizens return to their polling units for the reschedule Presidential & National Assembly elections.

“Security agencies have been directed to ensure safety of lives and property before, during and after the general election”, the statement read.

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