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Nigerian Government Declares April 7, 10 Easter Holiday

Ola ‘Kiya Reporting

THE Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday April 7 and Monday April 10, 2023, as public holidays to commemorate the Easter celebrations.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in Abuja on Wednesday in a statement made available to journalists.

He urged Christians to emulate the virtues of sacrifice, togethemess, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience which were attributes and practices of Jesus Christ, as exemplified by His ministry on the earth.

Stonix News reports that Aregbesola, who’s a former governor of Osun State, has been at loggerheads with the immediate past Governor Gboyega Oyetola who lost a re-election bid to Ademola Adeleke last year.

It is also not clear yet if Aregbesola has made up fully with his estranged godfather and President-Elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu following the infighting that characterised the Osun State governorship election of last year.

However, Aregbesola, a devout Muslim, in his Easter message is enjoining Nigerian Christians to exude Christ’s virtues of forgiveness, kindness and love.

He further called on Christians and all Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration to pray for an end to the security challenges in parts of the country – a constitutional responsibility the current government has unable to address since inception about eight years ago.

“Security,” Aregbesola said, “is everybody’s business. I, therefore, urge Nigerians and foreigners resident in our country to display a high sense of citizenships and public spiritedness by supporting the efforts of all security agencies in bringing peace and security of lives and property of the citizenry.”

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