Independence: FG Declares October 1 Officially as a Public Holiday
To mark the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria has officially declared Thursday, October 1, 2020, as a public holiday.
The Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made this known in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, on Tuesday.
The statement headlined ‘FG Declares Thursday, October 1, 2020, Public Holiday To Mark the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria’ urged Nigerians to continue to strive for peace and unity that influenced the independence of the bedrock of Nigeria.
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.”