FG declares October 1 public holiday

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigerian government has declared October 1st a public holiday to commemorate the country’s 61st anniversary of independence.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement while congratulating Nigerians on their 61st year of independence.

Aregbesola, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore, assured Nigerians of the government’s commitment to addressing and eradicating all forms of challenges and problems.

“Our warmth, welcoming spirit, and love, as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land, make Nigeria unquestionably 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,” the statement said.

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“A nation of approximately 200 million people or more, whose natural talent, grit, and passion sparkle like the precious DIAMOND that we are.

“Nigerians shine brightly in Academia, Business, Innovation, Music, Film, Entertainment, Fashion, and Culture.”

The minister went on to say that Nigeria is the world’s leading black nation and, without a doubt, Africa’s pride and beacon of hope.

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