The federal government has declared Thursday, October 1, 2020 as public holiday to mark the nation’s diamond jubilee.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who made the announcement on behalf of the federal government in a letter signed by the permanent secretary, barrister Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s 60th Independence anniversary celebration and assured of government’s unwavering commitment to the socio-economic transformation of the country.
He said the nations’ warmth, accommodating nature and love, as well as the abundant wealth inherent in human capital and the richness of our land, makes Nigeria unarguably the leading black nation in the world , Africa’s pride and beacon of hope, with high potentials which can be harnessed through unity.
He said: “A country of about 200 million 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” Aregbesola said.”
The Minister further said: “though, celebrating sixty years of independence really calls for pomp and pageantry, the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all nations in the world to think and act cautiously, has caused us a low-keyed celebration at this time.”
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.”
Aregbesola called on all Nigerians to join hands 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.