In celebration of Nigeria’s 56th Independence anniversary, the Federal Government of Nigeria has declared October 3rd, as Public Holiday.
This was released in a statement issued by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, on Thursday 29th September in Abuja.
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The statement also contained an assurance statement by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, who addressed Nigerians at home and in the diaspora that the Government was working assiduously to cushion the effects of the current economic challenges.
“The Minister enjoins all Nigerians to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his determination to build a strong, virile and united country in line with the dream of the country’s founding fathers,” he said.
In 1960, Nigeria gained freedom from the British empire, who colonized the country for years. 56-years down the line, the country’s population has grown tremendously becoming the most populated country in Africa and ranking 12th in the world.
While this is not an accepted fact, Nigeria’s increasing population is also responsible for the increasing poverty rate in the country as the nation’s resources is not sufficient to cater for the number of residents.
This independence day falls on Saturday 1st October, but as custom, Monday 3rd has been declared work free and Nigerians are expected to mark the celebration in whatever way deemed fit as a mark of patriotism to the country.
A few weeks ago, the country went on a public holiday to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations for all Muslims. Now again, another long and busy weekend awaits the country.
Endeavor to make the best out of this opportunity, as it is the last public holiday before Christmas day.
Happy 56th independence day Nigeria!