FG declares Monday a public holiday, Independence Day

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The 62nd anniversary of the country’s independence will be celebrated on Monday, October 3, 2022, according to a declaration made by the Federal Government on Wednesday.

Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, spoke on behalf of the federal government and congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration this year.

Aregbesola reaffirmed Nigeria’s preeminent position in the comity of nations and the greatness that lay ahead of the country in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore. He also pledged that the government was committed to addressing all of the challenges the country was facing and bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.
“The world is facing serious economic and security issues, which have also had an impact on our nation,” he declared. I can assure you that the government will not forsake the people and that we will continue to meet all of these issues head-on with all the power at our disposal until relief comes.

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“Nigeria is without a doubt the leading black nation in the world, Africa’s pride, and a beacon of hope because of its warmth, welcoming spirit, and love, as well as because of its untapped human capital and its wealth of land. We will become the greatest nation on earth if we can unite to realize our potential.
“A country of over 200 million people whose natural talents, grit and passion glitter like the precious diamond that we are; Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in academia, science and technology, business, innovation, music, entertainment, fashion or culture.”
The Minister urged Nigerians to utilize the event as an opportunity to consider the problems the country is currently facing and what part they may play in solving them.

He wished Nigerians a great independence day and recalled that despite their differences in language, ethnicity, and religion, Nigeria’s founding fathers nevertheless worked together to achieve independence.

“Though our nation faces difficulties, particularly in the area of security, these difficulties are fleeting and do not define us,” he said. The diversity, power, inventiveness, and resilience of the Nigerian people define who we are.
“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,”

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However, the minister urged Nigerians to abstain from all forms of violence and to practice security awareness. He urged them to report any suspicious people or activities to the local security agency as well as through the N-Alert app for Android and iOS, saying that “when you see something do N-Alert for prompt response from security agents.”

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