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FG declares Monday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, October 3, 2022 as a public holiday to mark the 62nd independence anniversary celebration.

“The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates all Nigerians on this year’s celebration and assures of government’s commitment to tackling all the challenges facing the nation and bring smiles to the faces of all the people,” a statement signed by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, said.

“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,” Aregbesola noted, according to the statement.

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“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” Aregbesola added further.

The Minister asked Nigerians to use the occasion of the 62nd anniversary celebration to not only reflect on the challenges we face as a nation but to unite in overcoming these challenges. He advised Nigerians to always embrace hard work and shun any get-rich schemes that only end up causing us pain. He urged all Nigerians to embrace productivity, saying that only through it can we create wealth and get rich.

He reminded Nigerians that our strength is in our diversity, despite the differences in faith, tribe, and tongue.

“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 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 pleaded with Nigerians to join the federal Government in tackling the current security challenges. He asked that we report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency and do that more through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS, saying “when you see something do N-Alert for prompt response from security agents.”

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