The federal government has declared Friday and Monday as public holidays to mark Easter Celebration.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on Monday in Abuja, through a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Georgina Ehuriah.
He urged Christians in the country to emulate the outstanding characteristics of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love, peace, and compassion.
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 the government towards fighting the coronavirus disease.
“He reminded them of the need to adhere strictly to themeasures 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,” the statement said.
The minister while wishing Christians a peaceful celebration assured that the regime of the President, Major Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) would continue to cushion the effects of the pandemic on the lives of Nigerians, especially with the palliative measures already put in place.