In honour of the country’s 63rd independence anniversary, the Federal Government has officially declared Monday, the 2nd of October 2023, a public holiday. This announcement emanates as a beacon of the nation’s enduring spirit and signifies a time of reflection on the country’s journey since gaining independence.
Independence Day Public Holiday 2023
|Date 📅||Monday, October 2nd 2023|
|Occasion 🎉||Nigeria’s 63rd independence celebration|
|Announcement By 👔||Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo|
|Message 💌||Congratulated Nigerians, both home and Diaspora|
|Security 🌍||Global socio-economic & security challenges acknowledged|
|Efforts 💪||Government tackling challenges with determination|
|Vision 🌟||Nigeria as the leading black Nation & Africa’s pride|
|Promise 🤝||‘Renew Hope Agenda’ to ensure a better Nigeria|
A Congratulatory Message to Nigerians
The Interior Minister, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, announced this significant declaration on a Thursday in Abuja, extending heartfelt congratulations to all Nigerians, both resident and those in the Diaspora. This message radiates a sense of unity and national pride, recognising the contributions of every citizen to the nation’s ongoing journey towards prosperity and development.
Government’s Pledge to Address National Challenges
In a formal statement released by Oluwatoyin Akinlade, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Tunji-Ojo elucidated the government’s unwavering dedication to overcoming the multifarious challenges besieging the country. He highlighted the universal nature of socio-economic and security tribulations, acknowledging that Nigeria is integrally part of the global community facing such issues.
Dr Tunji-Ojo emphasised the government’s relentless endeavours to address these pressing challenges with utmost zeal and available resources, striving incessantly to usher in a period of relief and stability for the nation. He fervently reassured the populace of the government’s steadfastness in navigating these turbulent times, laying stress on the collective responsibility and mutual effort required from all citizens.
Nigeria’s Eminent Global Position
The Minister extolled Nigeria’s prominent stature amongst the assembly of nations, projecting optimism for the future brilliance and accomplishments the country is poised to attain. He reinforced the essence of collective effort and unity in realising Nigeria’s potential, stating, “The synergy of our warm, welcoming spirit, coupled with our boundless human capital and the abundant wealth of our land, unequivocally positions Nigeria as the predominant black nation in the world, epitomising Africa’s pride and serving as a luminary of hope.”
He specifically mentioned the inspirational leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a symbol of renewed hope for the nation, alluding to his visionary approach in steering the country towards a promising future.
Reflections on Founding Fathers and Independence
Dr Olubunmi, whilst extending wishes for a meaningful independence celebration, recalled the diverse yet united vision of our founding fathers. He reminded the citizens of the unified front formed by our forebears, transcending disparities in faith, tribe, and language, which paved the way for the freedom relished today. He conveyed that the fruits of independence are a testament to the collective aspirations and sacrifices of the nation’s pioneers.
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Commitment to a Better Nigeria
Reiterating the administration’s commitment, the Minister accentuated that the ‘Renew Hope Agenda’ is centred on actualising a more prosperous Nigeria for all its citizens. This agenda stands as a fitting homage to the heroes of the past, underscoring the administration’s resolve to uphold the values and principles that have shaped the nation.
He assured that the ongoing initiatives are meticulously designed to foster enhanced living standards, societal harmony, and sustainable development, thereby encapsulating the aspirations and visions of the founding fathers for a united and progressive nation.
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