FG releases programmes to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary 

The Federal Government yesterday released the line-up of programmes to commemorate the country’s 62nd Independence Anniversary. The Chief Press Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Culture, Joe Mutah, in a statement in Abuja, said the activities would commence with a press conference today, Thursday, at the National Press Centre in Abuja. According to Mutah, a church service would be held on Sunday, at the National Christian Centre, located in the Central Business District of Abuja. He said a public lecture will also take place at the State House Conference…

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Independence Day: Obasanjo absent as Buhari, Jonathan, AbdulSalami attend event in Abuja

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was conspicuously absent yesterday during the 61st Independence Anniversary ceremony at the Eagle Square, in Abuja. The ceremony, which was presided by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, was also attended by former Head of State, Gen. AbdulSalami Abubakar (rtd); former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience as well as former Vice-President, Namadi Sambo. Others in attendance include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko; cabinet ministers and other personalities. Also at the…

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Angry protesters block Abuja Airport road, demand Buhari’s resignation

Angry Nigerians yesterday morning took to the streets in Abuja to protest against the anti-people policies of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The placards-carrying protesters, who  condemned the increase in the prices of the staple foods couple with  the frightening tale of the growing menace of insecurity in the country, set bonfire on Dantata bridge, along Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road,  chanting: “Buhari Must Go.” They also called for the resignation of the president over his incompetence, which they said has brought untold hardship and agony on Nigerians. Meanwhile, a…

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GOMBE @ 25: Racing To The Promised Land

By Ismaila Uba Misilli The critical point to note as Gombe State marks its 25th anniversary is that the ideals behind its creation have been largely defined and shaped by the power of leadership and vision over time, making it imperative to contend with the relevance of these development factors now and in the future. It is important to go down memory lane to recollect the patriotic endeavours of the founding fathers, who, against all odds, ensured Gombe was created out of the old Bauchi State for the essential concern…

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61 Years of Independence, 22 Years of return to Civil Rule in Nigeria: Another era of Despair and Turbulence?

By Abubakar Ahmed Colonial Britain was forced to grant political independence to Nigeria on the 1st of October, 1960, just as it did to most of her colonies across the globe, either a bit earlier than Nigeria, or a bit later. This was actually triggered by India since 1948 and Pakistan, which was created out of vengeance by the subdued British to spite and put India on a permanent political misery which served as an eye-opener to other colonial hubs elsewhere.  Nigeria welcomed the new development as a foundation stone…

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Nigeria at 61: Amid insecurity, misgovernance, CAN renews hope for better country

The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), has renewed the hope of Nigerians for a better country that will give them equal chance and opportunity irrespective of ethnic, religious, political and other differences. This is according to CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle Olasupo, in his Independence Day message, yesterday. CAN said that even though the country is faced with severe socioeconomic challenges worsened by rising insecurity caused by bad policies and misgovernance, there are reasons to be grateful to God for the past 61 years of the corporate existence of the country.…

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‘Nigeria’s 61 years of Independence provides strong source of unity, strength’ – Mai Mala Buni

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, has said Nigeria’s 61 years of Independence, provides a strong source of unity and strength. The Governor said, in an issued statement, signed by his Director-General, Press Affairs and Media, Mamman Mohammed, the long history of integration among the various ethnic, and socio-cultural groups should be a source of unity in diversity for the country “at 61 years, Nigerians should concentrate on issues that unite the country rather than divisive tendencies”. Buni said although Nigeria…

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“61 yrs after independence Nigeria suffering from leadership failure’ – Wike laments

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed regrets that 61 years after independence, Nigeria is still grappling with a leadership challenge. The governor pointed out that because of such leadership failure, Nigeria is now at a point in its history needing God more than ever. Governor Wike made the assertion at the interdenominational church service organised in commemoration of the 61st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria that was held at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Harcourt, yesterday. The governor stated that there was hardly anything for Nigerians to celebrate…

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Oct. 1st Independence anniversary:  IPOB orders ‘sit-at-home’ in South-East to mark Ambazonia Day

…Orders removal of all Nigerian flags from region  The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), has declared that there will be no Independence Day anniversary on 1 October in the south-eastern States of the country. In a statement it issued yesterday, the outlawed group fighting for a separate Biafra Republic, said there will be a total shutdown in Biafra land “as a sign of our rejection of the evil construct called Nigeria and there shall be no movement in Biafra-land on this day”. In a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, yesterday, the group said the sit-at-home order…

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FGN issues security safety alert ahead of nation’s 61st Independence anniversary

…As IPOB declares ‘total lockdown’ on 1st October The Federal Government has alerted the general public to heighten security activities preparatory to the events marking the country’s 61st Independence anniversary next Friday, October 1, 2021. The alert was contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, in Abuja, yesterday,  The minister, however, urged residents of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) and its environs not to panic and to go about their legitimate activities. “Residents are enjoined to report suspicious persons and movements to the security…

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