FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays for Easter
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5, 2021, have been declared as public holidays by the federal government to mark the Easter celebration.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Interior, Mr Mohammed Manga, disclosed that Christians have been urged to use the occasion to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace and patience demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
The statement quoted the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, as saying that the Easter celebration should be used by Nigerians to pray for the peace, unity and progress of the country.
As Christians in the country celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the federal government has promised that the security of lives and properties would be guaranteed.
Mr Aregbesola, a former Governor of Osun State, assured that no stone would be left unturned in dealing decisively with the spate of kidnapping, armed banditry and other crimes and criminality being perpetrated by those he described as ‘enemies of the country.’
“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,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.
While wishing Christians both at home and abroad a happy and peaceful Easter Celebration, Mr Aregbesola called on Nigerians to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its determination to make life more meaningful for all.