ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 7 and Monday, 10 April 2023 as public holidays. This is to mark this year’s Easter celebration.
This was announced by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in Abuja in a statement signed by his Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Begore, on Wednesday.
The Minister 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.
Aregbesola also 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 said “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 also gave assurances that the Federal Government is doing all that is necessary to ensure a peaceful transition of government following the peaceful conduct of elections.
He wished Christians at home and in the Diaspora a happy and peaceful Easter celebration. He enjoined them to show love to 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 again, assures 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.