The Federal Government has insisted that despite insecurity and other challenges including secessionist agitations bedeviling the country, the nation would remain as one indivisible entity thriving on rule of law, equity and fairness basis.
It explained that the government was committed in ensuring more was been done to achieve the much needed unity that would phase out division along ethnic, religious, and political affiliations such that Nigerians who have a sense of belonging across the nation’s nooks and crannies.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who stated this on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the [email protected] year long photo exhibition, noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was committed in ending all forms of insecurity and protecting lives and property of Nigerians.
Mohammed said the photo exhibition event with the theme “60 Years of our Togetherness”, was carefully couched to reflect on the unity of the country in the past 60 years, despite its diverse cultures, traditions, practices, languages and challenges.
According to him, this Photo Exhibition is organised to serve as a poignant reminder of significant events in the annals of this great country and how they have shaped the country, ensured peaceful coexistence, patriotism and determination, culminating in our greatness and development.
“For those who did not witness Nigeria’s Independence in 1960, particularly the students, they can at least look at the photos of pre-independent Nigeria; the independence proper; post-independence era.
“They will also look at leaders who fought for our independence and have an idea of the struggle for freedom from colonialism and a mental picture of how the situation was then.
“These have given hope that whatever challenges we may be facing even at this time, we will surmount them and have a strong, united, peaceful and prosperous country,” he said.
The minister said that the exhibition, which would be opened to the public till Sept. 23, captured six decades of Nigeria’s independence; footprints of Nigeria’s political leaders and 60 years of the labour of past heroes in ensuring the country’s unity and peace.
He said that the exhibition also presented Nigeria’s 60-year story in pictorial form, delivering a photographic presentation of Nigeria’s icons. “In addition, you will view programmes for national integration, such as the National Youth Service Corps programme, photos of intertribal marriages and creation of the Federal Capital Territory.
“You will also view Abuja; popular artists, both old and new; that are well known across the nation and internationally; our collective achievements in the area of sport which, as you are all aware, has acted as a strong unifying force; ancient and modern fashion/attires/hairstyles; Nigerian cuisine that we love to eat irrespective of what tribe you belong to; tourist attractions and festivals; as well as Nigerians in Diaspora and their achievements, just to mention a few,” he said.
Mohammed enjoined Nigerians, especially the youth, to spend time to view and savour the photo exhibition, to get acquainted with the nation’s political, socio-cultural and historical legacies, adding that arrangement had been made for students within the FCT to view the exhibition within the period.
Also speaking at the event, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, said that Nigeria had surmounted its myriad of challenges through its rich and dynamic culture and resilient spirit.
He said that the exhibition would help to correct the biases and incorrect revelations about the past which many youths had been fed with.