Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 7 and Monday 10 April 2023 as public holidays to mark this year’s Easter celebration.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in Abuja on Wednesday.
In a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Begore, the Minister urged Christians to emulate the virtues of sacrifice, togetherness, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience which were the attributes and practices of Jesus Christ.
He also called on Christians and all Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration to pray for end of the security challenges in many parts of the country.
“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 Federal Government is doing all that is necessary to ensure a peaceful transition of government following the peaceful conduct of elections,” Aregbesola said.
While wishing Christians at home and abroad a happy and peaceful Easter celebration, the Minister enjoined 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.