The Nigerian government has declared Friday, October 1, a public holiday to celebrate the 61st Independence anniversary of the nation.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He assured Nigerians that the government would tackle rising insecurity in the country.
According to him, Nigerians’ warmth, welcoming spirit and love, as well as the abundant wealth inherent in the nation’s human capital and the richness of the land, made 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.”
He said Nigeria is a country of about 200 million and above people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious diamond.
Aregbesola added that Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in academics, 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.