The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday, October 1, as public holiday to mark the country’s 60th Independence anniversary.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the government in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, on Tuesday. He congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s Diamond Jubilee and assured them of government’s unwavering commitment to the socio-economic transformation of the country.
“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 people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious diamond that we are,” the Minister said in his statement.