The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved activities lined up to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.
The Minister, represented by Dr Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, made this known at a news conference held in Abuja.
He said the 61st anniversary was for Nigerians to appreciate efforts put in by the country’s forbearers to gain independence from the colonial masters.
The minister said the celebration was also to appreciate the successive administrations for their contributions in the building of the nation.
“This press conference, therefore, will signpost the commencement of activities for the 2021 celebration.
“As you are aware, we are just about rounding off activities marking the 60th year-long Diamond Jubilee Independence Anniversary celebration, which will terminate on September 30.
“In other words, the activities of the 60th independence anniversary have been arranged to dovetail into that of the 61st independence anniversary,’’ he said.
Mohammed said the activities included interdenominational Church service on Sunday at the National Christian Centre at 2 p.m., special award ceremony/discover Nigeria on Thursday at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa.
He also disclosed that there would be anniversary parade on October 1 at the Eagle Square at 8:30 a.m. and special Juma’at service, same day at the national Mosque.