President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has declared Monday, October 3, 2022, a public holiday to celebrate this year’s Independence day.
Naija News reports that Nigeria’s Independence Day which is celebrated every October 1st falls to coming Saturday which is a weekend.
To mark the nation’s 62nd Independence Day, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola released a statement today on behalf of the government congratulating the citizens for yet another year of celebration, assuring Nigerians of commitment to ending challenges bedevilling the country.
The statement made available to newsmen through the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said the government will return smiles to the faces of all the people.
“The world is going through dire economic and security challenges which have also affected our nation. However, I am assuring us all that the government will not abandon the people, but will continue to confront all these challenges with all the might at our disposal until respite comes our way”, the Minister said.
Aregbesola hailed Nigeria’s progress amongst its African counterparts, saying that despite the issues faced, “Our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as our unbounded human capital and the richness of our land, make Nigeria unarguably the leading black nation in the world and Africa’s pride and beacon of hope. If we can rally ourselves together to harness our potentials, we shall be the greatest nation on the earth.”
He added: “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 the academia, science and technology, business, innovation, music, entertainment, fashion or culture”.
The Minister admonished Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Independence celebration to reflect on the challenges facing the nation and the role individuals can play in addressing them. He also urged the citizens to work hard, shunning all forms of attraction to get rich through criminal and other immoral means.
According to him, only through productivity can an individual and the nation create wealth and get rich. While wishing Nigerians a memorable independence celebration, he reminded them of the fact that the nation’s founding fathers, in spite of the differences in faith, tribe and tongue, still came together for Nigeria’s independence.
Aregbesola added that: “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”.
He therefore, called on all Nigerians to join hands together with the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration in its quest to ensure a better Nigeria for all citizens, both at home and abroad as this, he said, shall be a befitting tribute to our heroes past.
The Minister 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.
“When you see something do N-Alert for prompt response from security agents”, he charged.