It is time, once again, to test the ingenious creativity of Nigerians, and perhaps, that of churches to see how they commemorate and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the Federal Government has declared Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 as public holidays to mark the 2020 Easter Celebration.
Will they seek permission of government to provide goodies in socially distant ways to those in need of them around their neighbourhoods? Nigerians wait.
However, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, urged Christians in the country to emulate the outstanding characteristics of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love, peace and compassion.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior’s Permanent Secretary, Geogina Ehuriah, 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 Government towards fighting the Coronavirus Disease. He reminded them of the need to adhere strictly to the measures 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.
While wishing Christians a peaceful Easter Celebration, he assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration would continue to cushion the effects of the pandemic on the lives of Nigerians, especially with the palliative measures already put in place.