Nigeria @60: FG announces activities lined up for celebration

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the activities lined-up for the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary celebration will be celebrated for a whole year, ending September 30th 2021, on a low-key, as President Muhammadu Buhari announced, which is not unconnected with the Covid-19 global pandemic, forced by some safety protocols on the nation.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this at the Press Conference in Abuja on Thursday, he said COVID-19 safety protocols will make the pomp and pageantry to mark the celebration largely missing, adding that there are some activities that may come up after the ones to be announced today, as there will be staggered events during the period.

According to him, “I will now give you the list of the activities slated to start this week and extend till next week: Public Lecture, Date: Friday September 25th 2020, Venue: National Mosque Conference Hall, Abuja National Mosque, Time: 10.00am. Special Jumat Prayers Date: Friday September 25th 2020, Venue: National Mosque, Abuja, Time: 1pm. Inter-denominational Church Service, Date: Sunday, September 27th 2020, Venue: National Christian Centre, Abuja, Time: 3pm, as members of the public can join the church service virtually by logging on to the Youtube Channel of the OSGF at OFFICIAL OSGFNG.

“Launch of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy as well as Integrity Award by Mr. President to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ICPC, Date: Monday September 28th 2020, Venue: State House, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Time: 10.00am. Historical Exhibition, Date: Monday, September 28th 2020, Venue: National Press Centre, Radio House, Abuja. Time: 3pm. Presidential Broadcast, Date: Thursday, October 1st 2020, Venue: From the Eagle Square. Guard of Honour/Anniversary Parade, Date: Thursday, October 1st 2020, Venue: Eagle Square, Abuja. Time: 10am, also note that these events are strictly by invitation, and that all COVID-19 protocols will be observed at the various venues”.

Alhaji Lai noted that Media will have free access to the events that are open, like the Jumat and Church Services. “Of course, the events slated for the Presidential Villa will be covered by the accredited State House media. Now, some may wonder why Nigeria needs to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee at all, considering the myriad of socio-economic challenges facing the country.

“And our answer to that is contained in our theme of ‘Together’. For a country that has gone through a bitter, internecine civil war, years of political crisis, daunting security challenges, including religious and ethnic crisis, etc, our unity and our resilience (which by the way is what diamond represents) are worth

He added that in certain cultures, the age of 60 is seen as the beginning of a new cycle of life, and is usually well marked. “For Nigeria as a country, the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari offers a new beginning. The Administration is working assiduously to build a new Nigeria, laying the building blocks for industrial and technological development by building massive infrastructures in the areas of power, roads, bridges, rail  etc. and by developing human capital.

“The Administration is also fighting corruption, tackling insecurity and diversifying the economy by leveraging ICT, Creative Industry, Agriculture and mining, among others. And so, I say, let the celebrations begin, and this is wishing all Nigerians a happy 60th independence anniversary”, he said.

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