The Federal Government has declared Friday, October 1, as public holiday to mark the nation’s 61st independence anniversary.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, the Minister congratulated all Nigerians on this year’s celebration and expressed confidence that the government would tackle and eradicate all forms of challenges.
He said: “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.”
The Minister said, though celebrating Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary was necessary, while the safety of the citizenry became necessary, especially with COVID-19 third Delta variance still in place.
“Therefore, this year’s celebration is being held without the usual pomp and pageantry,” he added.
While wishing Nigerians a fruitful independence celebration, the Minister 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.