See How Abuja Residents Celebrated Christmas (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

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As the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, popularly known as Christmas, on Friday, December 25, was on the streets of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja to monitor the celebrations.


"A woman preparing fro picnic"

A woman preparing fro picnic

It was observed that while government offices at the federal secretariat and other parts of the city were shut down with low vehicular movement on major roads within the city owning to the public holidays, fun seekers took to major parks and recreational centers to mark the day.

"Empty Aminu Kano Street"

Empty Aminu Kano Street

"A man sleeping in front of Eagle Square during the celebration"

A man sleeping in front of Eagle Square during the celebration


Amidst heavy security checks at the entrance in Millennium park, resident who gained entry into the park were seen in groups having family picnics, while others were walked about in admiration of the green lush scenery.

While younger children were seen on swings, bouncy castles and other toys in the park, the more adventurous ones enjoyed the royal ride on horses.

"Police officer carrying out security check on visitors"

Police officer carrying out security check on visitors

"Kids at Millenium Park."

Kids at Millenium Park

"Human statue at the entrance of Millenium Park"

Human statue at the entrance of Millenium Park

Worthy of note was the fact that some Muslims also joined in the celebration after the Jummah prayers at the national mosque located in the central business district.

"Kids having fun"

Kids having fun


The mood at the popular Jabi lake side was not different as some residents enjoyed the boat ride to the admiration of others.

"Kids on a horse ride"

Kids on a horse ride

"Kids mounting a castle"

Kids mounting a castle.

“Santa from Ghana” was also on ground with lots of gifts for the children in his mini grotto.

"Santa from Ghana waiting for kids at his grotto"

Santa from Ghana waiting for kids at his grotto

The day was also a good opportunity for business people who made extra money from taking photographs, sale of food and drinks,  as well as barbecue meat popularly known as “suya.”

Barbecue meat seller

Barbecue meat seller

Picnickers at Jabi Lake

Picnickers at Jabi Lake

Some residents who spoke to  urged Nigerians to show love, give to the needy and ensure good neighbourliness in their communities. There were also messages of hope for a better year 2016.

December 25, every year is set aside for the celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ all over the world.

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