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Federal Government Declares October 1 As Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 1 as public holiday to mark the nation’s 60th Independence anniversary.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government today, September 29, congratulated all Nigerians on celebration of the Diamond Jubilee and assured of government’s unwavering commitment to the socio-economic transformation of the country.

“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.”

The Minister, in a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, said that though, celebrating 60 years of independence calls for pomp and pageantry, the global COVID-19 pandemic “we cannot avoid the imperative of a low-keyed celebration at this time.”

While wishing Nigerians fruitful independence celebration, he reminded them that the founding fathers, in spite of the differences in faith, tribe and tongue, came together for Nigeria’s independence.

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