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.) made the declaration on behalf of the government on Wednesday in Abuja.
Dambazau, in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji, congratulated Nigerians and urged them to sustain the collective efforts towards maintaining and strengthening the unity of the country.
He 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 much 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,” the statement said.
Dambazau expressed profound appreciation to Nigerians and the international community for their support and co-operation with President Muhammadu Buhari.