The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 as public holidays to mark the 2020 Easter celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, urged Christians in the country to emulate the outstanding characteristics of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love, peace and compassion.
In a statement signed by Georgina E. Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Aregbesola further 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 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’s administration would continue to cushion the effects of the pandemic on the lives of Nigerians, especially with the palliative measures already put in place.