The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 as public holidays to mark the 2020 Easter Celebration in the country.
The Minister of Interior, identified as Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Barrister Georgina Ehuriah, Ogbeni Rauf urged Christians in the country to emulate the outstanding features of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love, peace and compassion.
The Minister also called on them to use the occasion of this year’s Easter Celebration to pray for Nigeria and the entire world at this time of global emergency of COVID-19 Pandemic.
The statement from the Minister reads:
”The Minister appealed to all Nigerians to continue to support the efforts of Government towards fighting the Coronavirus Disease.
“He reminded them of the need to adhere strictly to the measures put in place by relevant authorities towards preventing the spread of the virus in the country particularly, through the observance of social distancing, in addition to regular personal hygiene and sanitary practices.
“While wishing Christians a peaceful Easter Celebration, he assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration would continue to cushion the effects of the pandemic on the lives of Nigerians, especially with the palliative measures already put in place.”