- The federal government on Wednesday, September 28, declared Monday, October 3, a public holiday
- The holiday, according to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, is to mark the nation’s Independence anniversary
- Aregbesola also used the opportunity to assure Nigerians of the government’s commitment to tackling all the challenges facing the nation
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, The Nation reported.
He congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration and assured them of the government’s commitment to tackling all the challenges facing the nation and bringing smiles to the faces of all the people.
The minister stated:
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“The world is going through dire economic and security challenges which have also affected our nation.
"However, I am assuring us all that the government will not abandon the people, but will continue to confront all these challenges with all the might at our disposal until respite comes our way."
Independence Day: Nigeria is Africa’s pride and beacon of hope - Aregbesola
Legit.ng gathers that a statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, noted that Nigeria occupies an eminent position in the comity of nations.
“Our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as our unbounded human capital and the richness of our land, make 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 potential, we shall be the greatest nation on the earth.
“A country of over 200 million people whose natural talents, grit and passion glitter like the precious diamond that we are; Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in the academia, science and technology, business, innovation, music, entertainment, fashion or culture,” the statement read.
Governor Zulum, Sanusi, Falana, Buni to be honoured on Independence Week
In another report, the governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum alongside former emir of Kano state Muhammadu Sanusi II has been billed to receive an honorary award of excellence from Our Nigeria News magazine.
The award ceremony is slated for Friday, October 7 at the prestigious International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja, the nation's capital.