For this year’s Easter celebration, the Federal Government has designated Friday, April 7, and Monday, April 10, 2023 as public holidays.
Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, announced it in Abuja.
Aregbesola asked Christians to imitate Jesus Christ’s qualities of selflessness, unity, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace, and patience as demonstrated by His earthly ministry in a statement released on Wednesday, April 5, and signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Begore.
The minister urged Christians and other Nigerians to embrace the occasion of the Easter holiday this year to pray for an end to the country’s security issues.
In a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Begore, on Wednesday, April 5, Aregbesola 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 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.
“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 assured 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 enjoined every Nigerian 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.