The federal government of Nigeria has declared Friday, October 1, a public holiday to mark the nation’s 61st independence anniversary celebration.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola while congratulating Nigerians on this year’s Celebration of the Country’s 61st anniversary, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.

The permanent secretary of Nigeria’s interior ministry, Shuaib Belgore, who quoted the minister revealed this development this in a statement on Wednesday.

Aregbesola assured Government’s commitment to tackling and eradicating all forms of challenges, whether they political, socio-economic and others.

Belgore also said, “our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land, makes 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”.