JUST IN: FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays

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The federal government has declared Friday, March 29, and Monday, April 1, 2024, as public holidays to commemorate 2024 Good Friday and Easter Monday.

According to a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Aishetu Ndayako, on Wednesday, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the minister of interior, made the announcement on behalf of the federal government.

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Tunji-Ojo challenged Christians and all Nigerians to emulate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and love in dying for humanity’s redemption.

The statement stated in part, “Easter, in addition to its religious significance, promotes values such as love, forgiveness, and compassion, all of which are necessary for social cohesion and harmony.”

The minister called on Christians to imbibe these virtues, as they can positively impact Nigeria’s socio-economic development by fostering unity, reducing conflicts, and encouraging cooperation among Nigerians.

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

Tunji-Ojo added that this was in tandem with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

“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.

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