As part of measures aimed at ensuring memorable Easter celebration, the Federal Government has declared Friday 2nd and Monday 5th April 2021, as public holidays to commemorate the festival.
It explained that both days have been made work-free to ensure workers spend quality time with their families and loved ones during the Easter celebrations.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, urged Christians to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace, and patience, which were demonstrated by Jesus Christ (PBUH).
Through a statement by the ministry’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Mohammed Manga, Aregbesola called on Nigerians, particularly Christians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter Celebration to pray for the peace, unity, and progress of our country.
Aregbesola assured that the apex government would 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 a 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.
“While wishing Christians both at home and abroad a happy and peaceful Easter Celebration, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola called on Nigerians to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its determination to make life more meaningful for all,” the statement.