Independence: Nigerian government declares October 2 public holiday
Nigeria gained freedom from colonial masters on October 1, 1960.
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary and urged them to sustain the collective efforts towards maintaining and strengthening the unity of Nigeria.
Dambazau emphasized Government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth and political development on democratic principles.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Engr Abubakar Magaji, the minister noted that in the past 57 years, Nigeria has made a lot of progress and positive impact not only on its citizens but also on human development globally.
He enjoined all Nigerians to remain steadfast in the love and care of the country, noting that strong sense of ownership of one’s country is vital to the sustainable development of nay nation.
Dambazau also expressed profound appreciation to Nigerians and their international community for the support and co-operation to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister wished all Nigerians a Happy 57th Independence Anniversary.