Nigeria: October 1 – Government declares October 1 a public holiday
The federal government has declared Friday October 1 a public holiday to mark the celebration of the nation’s 61st independence anniversary.
Home Secretary Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the statement on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s 61st birthday this year and assured the government’s commitment to meet and eradicate all forms of challenges – be they political, socio-economic or otherwise.
Shuaib Belgore, permanent secretary of the ministry, quoted the minister as saying that “our warmth, our welcoming spirit and our love as well as the abundant riches inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land, make Nigeria unquestionably the first black nation of the world and the pride and hope of Africa, if we can unite to harness our potentials ”.
“A country of around 200 million people and more whose natural talent, courage and passion shine like the precious diamond that we are. Nigerians sparkle like diamonds in the peloton, whether in universities, business, innovation, music, film, entertainment, fashion We are indeed the first black nation in the whole world and undoubtedly the pride and the beacon of hope of Africa, ”added Aregbesola.
The minister said celebrating Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary is necessary, but citizen safety is President Muhammadu Buhari’s top concern, especially the resurgence of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
“Therefore, this year’s celebration is taking place without the usual pomp and pageantry.
* While wishing Nigerians a fruitful celebration of independence, he reminded them of the fact that our founding fathers, despite differences in faith, tribe and language, came together for the independence of Nigeria.
He therefore called on all Nigerians to join the current administration in its quest to ensure a better Nigeria for all citizens, both at home and abroad, because this, he said, will be a tribute worthy of the struggles of our heroes. past, “the statement added.