The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 2 (Good Friday) and Monday, April 5 (Easter Monday) as public holidays to mark the Easter celebration.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by Mohammed Manga, Director, Press and Public Relations for Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior.
The minister, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, urged the Christian faithful to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace and patience, which were demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
He called on them to use the occasion of this year’s Easter Celebration to pray for the peace, unity, and progress of the country.
He assured that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned in dealing decisively with the spate of kidnapping, armed banditry and other crimes and criminality being perpetrated by enemies of the country in parts of Nigeria.
“Security is everybody’s business, I, therefore, encourage all Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria, to display high level of patriotism at this critical time in the history of our country, to support the efforts of all security agencies in ensuring peace and security of lives and property of the citizenry,” he said.
Aregbesola called on Nigerians to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its determination to make life more meaningful for all.