In honor of the 62nd anniversary of the country’s independence, the Federal Government has declared Monday, October 3, 2022, a public holiday.
The Federal Government, represented by Minister Rauf Aregbesola, congratulates all Nigerians on this year’s celebration and pledges to address all of the country’s difficulties in a statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry of interior, Shuaib Belgore.
Aregbesola cautions Nigerians to make use of the celebration to pause and consider the difficulties facing the country and what part each person can play in resolving them.
While advising Nigerians to put in a lot of effort and avoid any temptation to get wealthy by illegal or otherwise immoral methods, they added that only through production can a person and the country build wealth and
While wishing Nigerians a memorable independence celebration, he reminds them that our founding fathers, despite the differences in faith, tribe and tongue, still came together for Nigeria’s independence.
He therefore, called on all Nigerians to join hands together with the 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 hero’s past.
“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.
“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.
“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”
“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 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, saying “when you see something do N-Alert for prompt response from security agents”.