Federal Government (FG) has declared October 1st as a public holiday to mark Nigeriaâs 61st independence day anniversary.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, announced this even as he congratulated Nigerians on the 61st independence.
Aregbesola in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Shuaib Belgore assured Nigerians of the governmentâs commitment to tackle and eradicate all forms of challenges and all diverse problems.
The statement titled, FG declares Friday October 1 as public holiday to mark Nigeriaâs 61st independence anniversary partly reads, âThe Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, congratulates all Nigerians on this yearâs celebration of the countryâs 61st independence and assures all of governmentâs commitment to tackle and eradicate all forms of challenges âbe it political, socio-economic and all diverse problems.
âAregbesola said that our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land, makes Nigeria unarguably the leading black nation in the world and Africaâs pride and beacon of hope, if we can rally ourselves together to harness our potentials.
FG Declares Friday Public Holiday To Mark Nigeria At 61
âA country of about 200 million and above people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious diamond that we are. Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in academia, business, innovation, music, movie, entertainment, fashion and culture. We are indeed the leading black nation in the entire world and no doubt Africaâs pride and beacon of hope
âThe minister confirmed that, celebrating Nigeriaâs 61st independence anniversary is necessary, but that the safety of the citizenry is Mr. Presidentâs huge concern, especially with COVID-19 third Delta variant still in place. Therefore, this yearâs celebration is being held without the usual pomp and pageantry.
âWhile wishing Nigerians a fruitful independence celebration, he reminded them of the fact that our founding fathers, in spite of the differences in faith, tribe and tongue came together for Nigeriaâs independence.
âHe, therefore, called on all Nigerians to join hands together with the present Administration in its quest to ensure a better Nigeria for all citizens, both at home and abroad as this, he said, shall be a befitting tribute to the struggles of our heroesâ past.â