The Federal Government has declared Friday, 7th and Monday, April 10, 2023, as public holidays.
The days are Good Friday and Easter Monday – they are to be Public Holidays to mark this year’s Easter celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Minister, in a statement signed by Dr Shuaib Belgore, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior, urged Christians to emulate the virtues of sacrifice, togetherness, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience, which were attributes and practices of Jesus Christ, as exemplified by His ministry on the earth.
The Minister called on Christians and all Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration to pray for an end to the security challenges in parts of the country.
He stated that “security is everybody’s business; I, therefore, urge Nigerians and foreigners resident in our country to display a high sense of citizenship and public spiritedness by supporting the efforts of all security agencies in bringing peace and security of lives and property of the citizenry”.
The Minister assures that the Federal Government is doing all that is necessary to ensure a peaceful transition of government following the peaceful conduct of elections.
While wishing Christians at home and in the Diaspora a happy and peaceful Easter celebration, he also enjoins them to love their neighbours through acts of kindness and generosity of spirit, with the well-to-do sharing their substance with the less privileged around them.
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