The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
Aregbesola congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration and assured of the government’s commitment to tackling all the challenges facing the nation and bring smiles to the faces of all the people.
“The world is going through dire economic and security challenges which have also affected our nation. However, I am assuring us all that the government will not abandon the people, but will continue to confront all these challenges with all the might at our disposal until respite comes our way”, the Minister said.
A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore on behalf of the Minister noted the eminent position of Nigeria in the comity of nations.
He said greatness is ahead of the country if we work hard at it as a people.
“A country of over 200 million people whose natural talents, grit and passion glitter like the precious diamond that we are; Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in the academia, science and technology, business, innovation, music, entertainment, fashion or culture,” Aregbesola said