In order to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, the Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 1, 2020, as a public holiday.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made this known in a statement released on Monday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Georgina Ehuriah.
The minister said the federal government has achieved a lot during its five years in office while stressing the government’s commitment to the socio-economic transformation of the country.
Aregebsola also congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s Diamond Jubilee. He also praised Nigerians for the feats in economy, education, the creative sector, amongst others.
The statement also quoted Aregbesola as saying, “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, we cannot avoid the imperative of a low-keyed celebration at this time.”
It added, “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.”