The Federal Government has declared Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28 2016, as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations respectively. The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration in a statement issued by the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido on Tuesday in Abuja. The Minister used the opportunity to urge Christians and Nigerians to support and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to build a peaceful and united nation.
General Dambazau further urged Nigerians to use the Easter Period to pray for peace and unity across the nation. He also emphasized that the Federal Government is commitment to the “change agenda” in the country. He wished Nigerians and Christians worldwide happy holidays and Easter celebrations.
Easter, also called Resurrection Sunday, is a christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ who died and rose up from the dead after three days. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ that rounds up a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance, known as Lent. Christians mark this day with merry feasting of all sorts. Unfortunately, the price of rice, which is the most prepared meal during Easter, is on the rise. Although the Federal Government has promised to regulate it to something more affordable, this development would only be effected after the holidays, and that would be in the month of April.
However, the Federal Government appeals to Nigerians to bear with the current cost of rice, which is between N13,000 to N15,000 per 50kg, ensuring that by next year Easter, rice would be in abundance and very affordable for everyone to purchase.