By Princess-Ekwi Ajide-Abuja
Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 15th and Monday 18th April, 2022, Good Friday and Easter Monday respectively, as Public Holidays, to mark this year’s Easter celebration.
The minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the government in Abuja, urged christians to emulate the attributes 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.
Aregbesola called on christians and all Nigerians alike to use the occasion of this year’s Easter Celebration to pray for end to all security challenges bedevilling every part of the country.
The Minister assured that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the recent attacks by undesirable elements on the highways, airport and the railway are timely brought to an end.
According to him, security is everybody’s business and as such, citizens and foreigners resident in the country should display high sense of citizenship and public spiritedness at this critical time in the history of the country by supporting the efforts of all security agencies in bringing peace and security of lives and property of the citizenry.
He urged Christians at home and in the Diaspora a happy and peaceful Easter celebration, and asked them to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administrataon in its determination to bring in sustainable development and usher in prosperity for all.
A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, restated Minister Aregbesola’s assurance to citizens that the nation is inexorably on the path to greatness, despite the present challenges confronting her.