The federal government of Nigeria has declared Friday, October 1, 2021, a public holiday to mark the country’s 61st independence.
Interior minister Rauf Aregbesola made this announcement on Wednesday.
The minister acknowledged the country’s greatness and urged Nigerians saying:
“Our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land, makes 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 potentials.”
“A country of about 200 million and above people, whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious Diamond that we are. 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,” he added.
Moving forward, he assured Nigerians that the government will do the needful to eradicate recent challenges.