By: Sunday Shekwonya
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 7th and Monday 10th, April 2023, as public holidays to mark this year’s Easter celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made this announcement in Abuja, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Begore, on Wednesday 5th April, 2023.
In the statement, the Minister urged all Christians in Nigeria and beyond to emulate the virtues of sacrifice, togetherness, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience, which were the attributes and practices of Jesus Christ, as exemplified by His ministry on 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.
According to Aregbesola, “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.”
While wishing Christians at home and in the Diaspora a happy and peaceful Easter celebration, he also charged them 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.
Aregbesola, once more assures Nigerians that the nation is persistently on the path to greatness and urged everyone to positively deploy their creative energy for the full realisation of the nation’s building.