The Federal Government on Monday, has announced that no world leaders had been invited to attend the 63rd Independence Anniversary scheduled for October 1. This decision aligns with the government’s choice for a subdued celebration. During a press conference in Abuja, George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, conveyed this information.
He said, “The decision to keep the celebration low-key is not a reflection of our national performance. We recognize the challenging economic circumstances, and we are approaching this event with a sense of fiscal responsibility, not only at the national level but also as a collective family. We have refrained from inviting world leaders, contrasting with the previous Presidential inauguration when 53 world leaders were invited. The investigation report by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will soon be made public.”
“As you are aware,” he continued, “the President has endorsed the idea of a low-key 63rd anniversary celebration in light of the current economic realities. The theme for this anniversary is ‘Nigeria @ 63, Renewed Hope for Unity & Prosperity.'”
Discussing national interests, Akume emphasized, “We have all agreed to strive for a united, peaceful, and prosperous nation, regardless of our diversity. These are essential foundations for national progress. The government is committed to safeguarding our national interests.”
He also highlighted the significance of the celebration, given Nigeria’s unbroken democratic record since 1999 and the seamless and peaceful transition of power from one administration to another.
Akume noted, “Despite political challenges and coup attempts in some ECOWAS sub-region countries, Nigerians have embraced democracy with its core values as the best form of governance. Democracy allows citizens to actively participate in their country’s affairs through elective structures and processes.”
He acknowledged the economic difficulties faced by Nigerians, particularly since the removal of the fuel subsidy and the global economic downturn. The government is diligently working to provide necessary relief measures and improve transportation, among other initiatives. Additionally, the government is engaging with labor unions to address concerns for the well-being of Nigerian workers.
Akume emphasized the government’s commitment to the “Renewed Hope Agenda,” led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This agenda aims to enhance food security, eradicate poverty, improve security, stimulate economic growth and job creation, increase access to capital, uphold the rule of law, and combat corruption.
The upcoming anniversary events include an anniversary symposium/public lecture on September 28, 2023, at the State House Conference Centre at 10 am, a lecture on September 29, 2023, at the National Mosque Conference Centre at 10 am, and Juma’at Prayer at the National Mosque at 1 pm.
Akume also announced a presidential broadcast on October 1, 2023, at 7 am, an inter-denominational church service on the same day at the National Christian Centre at 10 am, and a military parade on October 2, 2023, at 9 am at the Presidential Villa.
In conclusion, Akume called on media professionals and patriots to support the administration and collaborate to transform Nigeria into the nation of their dreams. He also urged them to publicize the activities planned for Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary.
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