FG Kick-starts 58 Independence anniversary with photo exhibition
.The footprints of Nigeria’s political leaders
By Joel ThankGod (In Abuja)
The Federal Government has kick-started activities lined up for the 2018 Independence anniversary celebration with a photo exhibition, tagged ‘The Footprints of Nigeria’s Political Leaders,’ curated by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, at International conference centre, Abuja, yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the 1st of October of every year provides an opportunity to reflect on the nation’s unity, patriotism and commitment to nation-building.
According to him, “Today’s event commemorates Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary celebration. There is no doubt that this day is special to every Nigerian, as it is a day to reflect on our unity, patriotism and commitment to nation building. Therefore, one cannot help but be excited as this day approaches annually”.
He added, ”Over the years, the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but the 1st of October is always a day for celebration and thanksgiving, because it occupies a very important place of pride in the political history of our country. It also serves as a poignant reminder and appreciation of the ‘Labours of our heroes past”.
The Minister went on, “For those who were not old enough to have witnessed Nigeria’s Independence in 1960, they can at least look at the pictures of pre-independent Nigeria and the handing-over ceremony of the colonial masters to the Nigerian leaders, to have an idea of how things were and the hopes for a bright future ahead”.
He continued, “The photo exhibition also showcases Nigeria’s political history, from pre-colonial era till date, as well as Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage. I wish to therefore use this opportunity to encourage all participants, especially the youths, to spend time in viewing this significant and historical exhibition.”
While declaring the exhibition open, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said, “The occasion helps Nigerians to recognise the incredible leadership provided by all the nation’s political leaders, from the colonial days to the present day, who have shown greater wisdom, wits and courage at
“Though the event reminds Nigerians of the twists and turns in the nation’s historical journey, the present administration has resolved not to allow history to determine the country’s future but only as the precursor to a greater Nigeria that is prosperous, united and treats everyone fairly and justly”.