Independence Day: FG declares Oct. 2 public holiday


The Federal Government has declared Monday, Oct. 2, a public holiday in commemoration of the nation’s 63rd independence celebration.

This is contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on Thursday in Abuja.

According to her, the Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.

Tunj-Ojo assured Nigerians of the government’s continued commitment to tackling the challenges facing the country.

“It is today a known fact that difficult socio-economic and security challenges are global, and Nigeria is not isolated.”

The minister, however, said the government was really making efforts to confront the varied and numerous challenges with all the might available until respite comes.

Dr Tunji-Ojo reiterated that the eminent position of Nigeria in the comity of nations and the greatness ahead of the country was achievable if everyone worked together in unity.

He stated that Nigeria’s warm welcoming spirit and love as well as its unbounded human capital and the richness of the land makes Nigeria unarguably the leading black nation in the world.

This, he said, is Africa’s pride and beacon of hope for the ‘Renewed Hope’ of President Bola Tinubu.

While wishing the citizens a memorable independence celebration, the minister recalled that Nigeria’s founding fathers, in spite of the differences in faith, tribe, and tongue, came together for her freedom which everyone enjoys today.

The minister assured that the present administration through the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda would ensure a better Nigeria for all citizens, as a befitting tribute to the heroes’ past.


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