FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays



Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday and Monday as public holidays to mark this year's Easter celebration.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Nigerian Minister of Interior made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in a statement on Tuesday.

According to him, Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18 as the holidays for Good Friday and Easter Monday.

He urged Christians to emulate the attributes of sacrifice, togetherness, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience, which were the attributes and teachings of Jesus Christ, (AS), as exemplified by his ministry on earth.

The minister also called on Christians and all Nigerians alike to pray for an end to all security challenges surrounding every part of the country.

He assured that the federal government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that recent attacks by undesirable elements on highways, airport and rail lines are brought to an end.

'Security is everybodys business, I therefore urge Nigerians and foreigners resident in this country to display a high sense of citizenship and public spiritedness at this critical time in the history of Nigeria by supporting the efforts of all security agencies in bringing peace and security of lives and property of the citizen,' the minister said.

He reiterated the determination of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to bring sustainable development and usher in prosperity for all.

'I assure Nigerians that the nation is inexorably on the path to greatness, despite the present challenges confronting her and surely there will be light at the end of the tunnel,' the minister added.

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