Ahead of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, the Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 1st 2020 as a public holiday to commemorate the event.
The declaration was made by Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior who congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s Diamond Jubilee while stressing the government’s commitment to the socio-economic transformation of the country.
As contained in the statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah; the Minister praised Nigerians for the feats in economy, education, the creative sector, amongst others.
The statement also quoted Aregbesola as saying, that though celebrating sixty years 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, they cannot avoid the imperative of a low-keyed celebration.
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.
Therefore, he urged 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.