The Federal Government has declared Friday 14th and Monday 17th April, 2017 as Public Holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations.
The Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, enjoined Christian faithfuls and Nigerians in general to extend the spiritual benefits of Easter, which are love, peace, justice, sacrifice and kindness to their daily living, and through this contribute to unity and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
It is worthy of note that Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday and it has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do.
Also, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year.
However, Gen. Dambazau further urged Nigerians to cooperate and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari, in his sustained efforts to build a strong and virile nation.