Nigeria: Independence Day – Buhari, Jonathan, Osinbajo and others celebrate at Eagle Square
Like Ganduje, Sanwo-Olu, Wike, Zulum, others mark the day
President Muhammadu Buhari celebrated Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day on Saturday at Eagle Square, Abuja.
The celebration was marked by many activities, including military exercises and artistic performances.
Other dignitaries who attended the occasion included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former President Goodluck Jonathan; the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Also present were the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Head of the Federation Civil Service, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan; ministers; heads of departments and other heads of security and intelligence agencies; members of the National Assembly and members of the diplomatic corps.
As soon as the president arrived on the Place de l’Aigle, the ceremony began with the national anthem.
He inspected the guards during the parade before going to the VIP box to observe the processions of the parade.
Major highlights of the celebration included parades and marches by military forces, some paramilitary outfits, cadets from the Nigeria Military School (NMS), members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and others.
The Nigerian Air Force did some flying demonstrations on some of the recently procured aircraft for the various counter-terrorist fights, as well as minutes of cultural demonstrations by the cultural troupe.
The ceremony ended with the signing of the anniversary register by President Buhari, three warm cheers from the parade and the firing of 21 artillery rounds for the national salute, the national anthem and the departure of the parade.
The President earlier addressed Nigerians on the Independence Day anniversary where he marked the performance of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
In a similar vein, some state governors held events yesterday to commemorate the country’s 62nd independence anniversary with messages of hope that Nigeria would overcome its challenges to be great again.
The leaders, in their messages, stressed the need for Nigerians to stand firm, hopeful and keep the country united as one indivisible entity, regardless of their tribes or religions.
Ganduje instructs politicians on peaceful coexistence
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has instructed members of the public and politicians to be agents of peace in society.
The Governor participated in activities held at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano to mark Nigeria’s independence.
“I call on politicians to beware of malicious language and other anti-social behavior that will destabilize public peace during this election campaign period,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu warns against policies of hatred and bigotry
In addition, Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu yesterday instructed those he called ‘political warlords’ to focus on issue-based campaigning as the election campaign kicks off in all the countries.
The Governor said there was no need to engage in politics of division, bigotry and hatred if the underlying goal was to have a better Nigeria.
He spoke at the 62nd Independence Anniversary Celebration held at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan on Lagos Island.
Nigeria on the rise despite challenges – Governor of Kwara
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq in his message said that Nigeria was on the rise despite some setbacks in its nation building efforts.
The Governor spoke at Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day Parade held in the Metropolitan Square of Ilorin, the state capital.
Nigeria needs a new government that cares about unity – Wike
For his part, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said there is a need for a new government that cares about the unity of the country and the welfare of its citizens.
Wike said this during Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Commemoration Parade and Parade at Sharks Football Stadium in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
Borno holds first independence celebrations after 12 years
In Borno State, the independent anniversary celebration was held for the first time after 12 years due to the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.
The occasion, held in Ramat Square, Maiduguri, saw colorful parades of Nigerian police men and officers and other dignitaries in attendance.
Governor Babagana Zulum said the celebration was an indication of the return of peace to the state.
Zulum was represented by his deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur.
Gombe government warns politicians against violence
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has warned politicians against any form of political violence that could disrupt peace in the state.
He gave the warning yesterday during a statewide live broadcast, to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence and 26 years of celebrating the establishment of the state.
He said that at the start of the political season, politicians and other stakeholders should play politics by the rules, adopt peace and avoid political violence and blackmail.
Governor Yahaya also pledged to provide a level playing field for all parts of the state.
However, he said his administration’s commitment to the rule of law and democratic principles should not be confused with fear.
By Muideen Olaniyi (Abuja), Salim Umar Ibrahim (Kano), Abdullateef Aliyu (Lagos), Mumini AbdulKareem (Ilorin), Victor Edozie (Port Harcourt), Haruna Gimba Yaya (Gombe) & Hassan Ibrahim (Maiduguri)