The Nigerian Government has declared Thursday, October 1, 2015, as public holiday to mark the nation’s 55th Independence celebration.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Press, Yusuf Isiaka, on Monday.
The Permanent Secretary, who congratulated all Nigerians both at home and abroad also thanked them for their support to President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts towards building a peaceful, united and virile nation.
He further urged them to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for peace and unity across the country.
Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Safari destinations such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park showcase waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats.
One of its most recognizable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall monolith outside the capital of Abuja that’s pictured on the national currency.