The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
The Federal Government has declared Friday, October 1 as a public holiday to mark the 61st Independence anniversary celebration.
He congratulated all Nigerians on the 61st independence and assured of the government’s commitment to tackle and eradicate all forms of challenges and all diverse problems.
Aregbesola said: “Our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land, makes Nigeria unarguably the leading black nation in the world and Africa’s pride and beacon of hope, if we can rally ourselves together to harness our potentials.
“A country of about 200 million and above people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious DIAMOND that we are, he said in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
“Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in Academia, Business, Innovation, Music, Movie, Entertainment, Fashion and culture.
“We are indeed the leading black nation in the entire world and no doubt Africa’s pride and beacon of hope,” the Minister added.