The federal government has declared Monday, October 2 as public holiday in commemoration of Nigeria’s Independence Day anniversary. The Punch reports that Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) who is the minister of interior made this declaration on Wednesday, September 27 in Abuja on behalf of the federal government. He called on Nigerians to work towards maintaining and strengthening the unity of the country.
In a statement by the minister’s permanent secretary, Abubakar Magaji, he emphasised “government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth and political development on democratic principles.”
He noted that “in the past 57 years, Nigeria had made much progress and positive impact not only on its citizens but also on human development globally.” “The minister enjoined all Nigerians to remain steadfast in the love and care of the country, noting that a strong sense of ownership of one’s country is vital to the sustainable development of any nation.”