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The Federal Government has declared Monday, October 2, 2017 as public holiday to commemorate the nation’s 57th independence anniversary.
The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), who made the declaration on behalf of the government on Wednesday in Abuja, congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary.
He urged them to sustain the collective efforts towards maintaining and strengthening the unity of the country.
Dambazau in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji, emphasised government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth and political development on democratic principles.
He noted that in the past 57 years, Nigeria had made a lot of progress and positive impact not only on its citizens but also on human development globally.
“The minister enjoined all Nigerians to remain steadfast in the love and care of the country, noting that a strong sense of ownership of one’s country is vital to the sustainable development of any nation,” Dambazau said.
Dambazau expressed appreciation to Nigerians and the international community for their support and cooperation with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister wished all Nigerians a happy 57th Independence anniversary.