The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal and has declared Friday, October 1 as public holiday celebrate Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary Celebration.
This was made known as by Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Naija News reports.
He congratulated all Nigerians on this year’s Celebration of the Country’s 61st anniversary and assured of Government’s commitment to tackling and eradicating all forms of challenges –be they political, socio-economic or otherwise.
Aregbesola was quoted as saying 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 Africa’s pride and beacon of hope, if we can rally ourselves together to harness our potentials.
“A 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 Africa’s pride and beacon of hope,” Aregbesola added.
According to the minister, celebrating Nigeria’s independence anniversary is necessary but the safety of the citizenry is President Muhammadu Buhari’s huge concern.
“Therefore, this year’s celebration is being held without the usual pomp and pageantry,” the statement said.
“While 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 Nigeria’s independence.
“He 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 heroes past.”