The Federal Government has declared Friday 7th and Monday 10th April 2023, which are Good Friday and Easter Monday, to be Public Holidays to mark this year’s Easter celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in Abuja.
He 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 calls on Christians and all Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter holidays 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.
Aregbesola reassured Nigerians that the nation is persistently on the path to greatness and urges all to positively deploy their creative energy for the full realization of the coming prosperity.
“There is surely light at the end of the tunnel,” he stated.
He wishes all Christians a most blissful Easter celebration and all Nigerians a happy holiday.