On October 1st 2017, Nigeria celebrates her 57th year of independence from the United Kingdom, as a sovereign state.
The founding fathers; Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe,
Late Sir Ahmadu Bello
Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo
They all had elaborately structured dreams of freedom and independence from British colonial rule, for the great Nation of Nigeria and it`s people. In those days, although the three regions of Nigeria (The Eastern, Northern and Western Regions) were undoubtedly led by Nigerians, it was of the utmost importance that the last British Governor General of Nigeria, Sir James Robertson – hand over complete leadership to the Nigerian people.
NIGERIA`S PROMISE – NIGERIAN YOUTH
NIGERIAN PRESIDENT – MUHAMMADU BUHARI
The preparations for the October 1st 1960 historic celebrations were of incredibly profound proportions and there was happiness, elation, anticipation of independence and hope for a brighter tomorrow, was ablaze amongst the Nigerian people. Most Nigerians stormed Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, determined to in Nigeria`s first celebration of freedom and independence.
JUBILANT NIGERIANS, CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY, OCTOBER 1ST
PRESIDENT BUHARI, RELEASING THE PIDGEONS IN ABUJA
The crowd consisted of old and young Nigerians. Cultural and traditional dancers, masquerades, acrobats and students, amongst other celebrants. There was order, strategically placed all over the city in – an attempt to provide security for everyone. Most Nigerians who were not fortunate enough to afford television sets, happily rushed to Tafawa Balewa Square and the other regional capitals, for the long – awaited celebration.
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI RELEASING PIDGEONS AS A SIGN OF NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE
The celebration of independence, started with a speech from Sir. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He hoped that the Nigerian people would prepare for the arduous task of nation building and inevitable international relations.
On October 1st 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari will begin the nationwide television and radio broadcast to all Nigerian citizens.
LIST OF NIGERIAN PRESIDENTS FROM 1960 TO THE PRESENT
The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo is expected to lead other top Nigerian officials and leaders to the National Ecumenical Center, in Abuja. Osinbajo will lead with an interdenominational church service for the day. On Friday, President Buhari, already marked the independence celebrations with a special Juma` at, service.
The government of several Nigerian States are against the possibility of any type of elaborate celebration that would mark the occasion simply because, workers in several states still haven`t been paid their salaries and jobs are at a bare minimum.
The Community Development Committee Chairman of the Local Government area of Oduoha, Emohua in the Rivers State – Honest Chukwunda, already explained that there would be no lavish independence day celebrations since there seems to be no funds to celebrate with. Dr. Philips Okolo, a lecturer from the University of Niger Delta, Bayelsa State, shared the same view. He also said, most residents of Bayelsa State, could not afford to pay their medical bills nor can they afford to pay their children`s school fees.
Many leaders of church and state are calling for a national day of prayer and fasting, instead of the depletion of non – existent state funds.