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Nigeria @62: FG declares Monday, October 3 as public holiday

“We are defined by the greatness of the Nigerian people in our diversity, strength, ingenuity and resilience.” – Aregbesola
Youths celebrating Nigeria
Youths celebrating Nigeria

THE Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, October 3, 2022, as a public holiday to mark the nation’s 62nd Independence anniversary celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, congratulated all Nigerians on this year’s celebration.

Aregbesola in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore, assured of the government’s commitment to tackling all the challenges facing the nation and bringing smiles to the faces of all the people, reiterating the eminent position of Nigeria in the comity of nations and the greatness ahead of the country.

The Minister then admonished Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to reflect on the challenges facing the nation and the role individuals can play in addressing them.

While wishing Nigerians a memorable independence celebration, he reminded them of the fact that the founding fathers, despite the differences in faith, tribe, and tongue, still came together for Nigeria’s independence.

He stated; “Though our nation is going through challenges, especially on security, these challenges are temporary and do not define us. We are defined by the greatness of the Nigerian people in our diversity, strength, ingenuity, and resilience.

“We shall overcome all the challenges. A time is coming when we shall look at this period in retrospect and give thanks to the Most High for the stormy waters we have waded through and the triumphs we have recorded over the challenges that look so huge and gargantuan today,”

The Minister however urged Nigerians to shun violence of any kind and be security conscious, asking them to report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency and through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS, saying “when you see something, do N-Alert for a prompt response from security agents”.