The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday, October 1st as public holiday in commemoration of the Nigeria 60th Independence Celebration.
According to Vanguard, the Federal Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on behalf of the president of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, congratulating all Nigerians both home and overseas on the celebration of the nation’s Diamond Jubilee and assured them of the Government’s unwavering commitment to the socio-economic transformation of our beloved country.
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His declaration was contained in a statement issued today 28th of Sept. 2020 in Abuja and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Barr. Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah.
Accoy to the minister, “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.
“Nigeria has about 200 million 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”.
He said though, “celebrating 60yrs of independence really calls for pomp and pageantry, but with the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all nations in the world to think and act cautiously, we cannot avoid the imperative of a low-keyed celebration at this time.
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“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. We must together make Nigeria great”, he added.