The Federal government of Nigeria has declared Thursday, October 1, 2020, as a public holiday.
According to the government, the aim is to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary. The declaration was made by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who congratulated Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s Diamond Jubilee stating the government’s commitment to the socio-economic transformation of the country.
According to the statement, the minister said;
“Though celebrating sixty years of independence really calls for pomp and pageantry, but with the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all nations in the world to think and act cautiously, we cannot avoid the imperative of a low-keyed celebration at this time.”“While wishing Nigerians a fruitful independence celebration, he reminded them of the fact that our founding fathers, in spite of the differences in faith, tribe and tongue came together for Nigeria’s independence.”