Nigerian govt declares Friday, Monday public holidays for Easter


Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 29th March and Monday 1st April 2024 as public holidays to mark the celebrations of 2024 Good Friday and Easter Monday, respectively, by followers of Christian faith in the country.

This declaration was made by the country’s Minister of the Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on behalf of the government.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Aishetu Ndayako, the Minister urged Christians to emulate the sacrifice and love displayed by Jesus Christ in dying for the redemption of man.

According to him, Easter, beyond religious significance, promotes values of love, forgiveness and compassion which are essential for social cohesion and harmony.

He further urged Nigerians to show acts of charity and generosity to help alleviate the material conditions of the less privileged amongst them.

This, he said, is 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.

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