Nigerian Government, Tuesday, declared Friday and Monday, April 2 and April 5, 2021, respectively as public holidays to mark 2021 Easter celebrations.
The Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, stated this in a statement issued in Abuja.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration for the Federal Government, urged Christians to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace and patience, which were demonstrated by Jesus Christ, Manga said.
Aregbesola called on Christians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter Celebration to pray for the peace, unity, and progress of Nigeria.
He assured that the Federal Government would leave nothing to chance in dealing decisively with the spate of kidnapping, banditry and other crimes and criminality being perpetrated by enemies of the country in parts of Nigeria.
”I, therefore, encourage all Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria to display 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, the minister called on Nigerians to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari,” he added.