Independence day: Nigerian govt declares Tuesday as public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, October 1, as public holiday to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Anniversary Celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the government in a statement by the Permanent Secretary at the ministry, Georgina Ehuriah.

He congratulated Nigerians at home and abroad on the commemoration of this year’s anniversary and assured them of the government’s commitment to ending the current spate of insecurity in the country.

According to the former governor, peace and stability are necessary conditions for the development of any nation.

He, therefore, called on Nigerians to emulate the nation’s founding fathers in their love for the fatherland.

Aregbesola reminded Nigerians of the immense potentials the country is endowed with and assured that with commitment, the country can be moved to the next level of socio-economic development.

“As Nigerians, we should always remember that there is hope for our country and that we are blessed with both human and natural resources, tourism, cultural diversity, selfless spirit of unity and love for one another, as well as bonded brotherhood, all of which are potentials we must exploit in the years ahead to make Nigeria the nation of our dreams,” he was quoted as saying in the statement issued on Wednesday.

The minister urged all Nigerians to support the Muhammadu Buhari administration in its determination to build a secure, economically viable, and corruption-free nation.

He wished the citizens a happy Independence Anniversary celebration.

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