In commemoration of the nation’s 57th Independence Day Anniversary on October 1, 2017,  the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, October 2, 2017, a Public Holiday.

The declaration was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, in Abuja the country’s capital and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji.

The statement read: “The Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Retd.), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary and urged them to sustain the collective efforts towards maintaining and strengthening the unity of Nigeria.

“Gen. Dambazau emphasized Government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth and political development on democratic principles. He noted that in the past 57 years, Nigeria has made a lot of progress and positive impact not only on its citizens but also on human development globally.”

Dambazau enjoined Nigerians to remain steadfast in the love and care of the country, noting that strong sense of ownership of one’s country is vital to the sustainable development of any nation.

“He also expressed profound appreciation to Nigerians and their international community for the support and co-operation to the current administration,” the statement added.