The federal government has announced Friday, April 7 and Monday, April 10 as public holidays to mark the 2023 Easter celebrations.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Speaking in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Begore, Aregbesola called on 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.
He also urged citizens to use the Easter festivities to pray for an end to the insecurity bedevilling the nation.
“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”, he noted.
Speaking further, the minister assured that the federal government is doing everything possible to ensure a peaceful transition of government after the 2023 general elections.
Aregbesola wished Christians at home and abroad a happy and peaceful Easter celebration while enjoining them to show love via acts of kindness and share with the less privileged.