The federal government has declared Friday and Monday as public holidays to celebrate Easter.
Nigerians have been asked to take a public holiday on Friday, April 2nd, and Monday, April 5th.
The day is set aside to commemorate this year’s Easter celebrations.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, made the announcement on Tuesday.
He encouraged Christians to imitate Jesus Christ’s characteristics of forbearance, forgiveness, compassion, modesty, devotion, goodwill, and patience.
He urged them to use this year’s Easter celebration as an opportunity to pray for our country’s peace, unity, and progress.
In a statement signed by Mohammed Manga, the Ministry’s Director of Press, Aregbesola vowed that the government will leave no stone unturned in coping decisively with the spate of kidnappings, armed banditry, and other crimes and criminality perpetrated by Nigeria’s enemies.
“Security is everyone’s business,” he said. “I therefore encourage all Nigerians and foreigners residing in Nigeria to show high levels of patriotism at this critical juncture in our country’s history by supporting the efforts of all security agencies in ensuring peace and security of lives and property of the citizenry,” he said.
While wishing Christians at home and abroad a joyous and happy Easter, Aregbesola urged Nigerians to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in its efforts to make life more meaningful for all.