Independence Day: FG Officially Declares October 1 As Public Holiday

To mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, the Federal Government of Nigeria has officially declared Thursday, October 1, 2020 as a public holiday.

This information was made known by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola in a statement on Tuesday which was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah.

The statement titled, ‘FG Declares Thursday, October 1, 2020, Public Holiday To Mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary’ urged Nigerians to continue to aim for peace and unity which formed the bedrock Nigeria’s independence.

The statement 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.”

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