•October 1st. •Independence anniversary
On Monday, the Federal Government confirmed that no world leaders have been invited to attend the upcoming 63rd independence anniversary scheduled for October 1.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu
The decision preceded from the government's choice for a low key celebration, as stated by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, during a press conference held in Abuja.
Akume emphasized that the decision to keep the celebration low-key is not an indication of the country's performance but is in response to prevailing economic challenges. He pointed out that no world leaders have been extended invqqitations for this event, in contrast to the 53 world leaders who were invited during the President's inauguration.
Akume highlighted the theme for this year's anniversary which is "Nigeria @ 63, Renewed Hope for Unity & Prosperity". He discussed the importance of unity and prosperity as national interests and praised Nqigeria's unbroken democratic record since 1999, along with the successful presidential transition from one government to another.
He acknowledged the economic challenges faced by Nigerians due to the removal of the fuel subsidy and global economic downturn. He stated that the government is actively working to provide palliatives to alleviate these challenges, including improving food security, ending poverty, enhancing security, and fostering economic growth.
Akume also announced the program lineup for the event, which includes an anniversary symposium/public lecture, a lecture at the National Mosque, a Juma'at prayer, a presidential broadcast, an inter-denominational church service, and a military parade.
"I therefore call on you as media professionals and patriots to support this administration and build workable partnership in order to transform our country into the land of our dream. Also, I count on you to publicise activities lined up to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence anniversary,” he said.