The Federal Government (FG) has declared Monday, October 3, 2022, as a public holiday to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary celebration. This announcement was made in a statement issued by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, congratulating Nigerians on this year’s celebration.
The statement reads in part, “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.
“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 earth.
“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 statement wished Nigerians a memorable celebration, adding that despite the differences in faith and tribe of the founding fathers, they still came together for the country’s independence.
According to the statement, “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 advised Nigerian citizens to avoid any form of violence and be security conscious, urging them to report suspicious individuals or activities to the nearest security agency or via the N-Alert application on IOS and Android, stating that “when you see something do N-Alert for prompt response from security agents”.