Easter: Nigerian govt. declares Friday, Monday public holiday


Rauf Aregbesola

By Yahaya Isah

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, April 7 and Monday, April 10 as public holidays for the 2023 Easter celebration.

Dr Shuaib Belgore, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, stated this on Wednesday in Abuja.

Belgore stated that the declaration was issued on behalf of the federal government by Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior.

Aregbesola encouraged the Christian faithful to emulate the virtues of sacrifice, unity, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace, and patience, which were traits and practices of Jesus Christ as demonstrated by His earthly ministry.

He urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for an end to the security challenges in some areas of the country, saying that security was everyone’s concern.

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Additionally, he urged them to love their neighbours through deeds of kindness and generosity of spirit, with the wealthy sharing their wealth with the less fortunate around them.

Meanwhile, he appealed to Nigerians and foreigners living in the country to show a strong sense of citizenship and civic spiritedness by assisting the security forces.

“The nation is persistently on the part to greatness and I urge all Nigerians to positively deploy their creative energy to the full realisation of the coming prosperity, as there is surely light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

The minister wished all Christian faithful a most blissful celebration and all Nigerians a happy holiday.


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