The Federal Government in commemoration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary has declared Thursday, October 1, 2020, as a public holiday.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in a statement titled, ‘FG Declares Thursday, October 1, 2020, Public Holiday To Mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary’ and was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah.
Aregbesola congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s Diamond Jubilee while stressing the government’s commitment to the socio-economic transformation of the country.
According to the statement, the minister praised Nigerians for the feats in the 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.”