Easter: Nigerian gov’t declares Friday, Monday public holidays

THE Federal Government has declared Friday, March 29 and Monday, April 1, 2024 as public holidays.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Aishetu Ndayako, on Wednesday, March 27, stated that the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, to mark the celebrations of 2024 Good Friday and Easter Monday respectively.

The minister urged Christians and all Nigerians to emulate the sacrifice and love displayed by Jesus Christ in dying for the redemption of man.

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    The statement read in part: “Easter, beyond religious significance, promotes values of love, forgiveness, and compassion, which are essential for social cohesion and harmony.

    “The minister called on Christians to imbibe these virtues as they are capable of impacting positively on the socio-economic development in Nigeria by fostering unity, reducing conflicts and encouraging cooperation among Nigerians.”

    Tunji-Ojo also urged Nigerians to show charity and generosity to help alleviate the economic pains faced by many Nigerians.

    This, he said, was in tandem with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

    “While wishing Christians at home and abroad a happy and blissful Easter celebration, the minister also called on Nigerians to join hands with President Tinubu-led administration in its determination to bring sustainable development and usher in prosperity for all,” the statement added.

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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