- Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary on Thursday, October 1, 2020, is expected to attract felicitations from global leaders
- The Queen of England has sent a message of felicitation to President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion
- The respected monarch acknowledged Nigeria's enduring ties with the United Kingdom in her message to the Nigerian leader
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The Queen of England has sent a message of felicitation to President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
The message, conveyed by the British High Commission in Nigeria and released in a statement by a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, goes thus:
“It gives me great pleasure to offer my warmest congratulations on the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence, together with my best wishes for your country’s continued happiness and prosperity.
“The United Kingdom and Nigeria benefit from strong and enduring ties as Commonwealth partners through shared history and most importantly, our people. These are bonds that I hope and believe will flourish long into the future.”
Nigeria got her independence from Great Britain on October 1, 1960.
Recall that the presidency had earlier informed Nigerians that President Buhari will not be using the traditional early morning method of addressing Nigerians on October 1.
A statement signed by Adesina disclosed that the president will only address citizens from the Eagle Square, Abuja and the live address will commence after the anniversary parade at 10 am.
In Lagos, due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the residents of the state, the Lagos State government has opted for a low-key celebration.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed that the planned parade and other activities that involve the gathering of more than 50 people should be cancelled according to a communique signed by the commissioner for information, and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
Meanwhile, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has expressed deep regrets over the state of things in Nigeria after 60 years of gaining independence.
Speaking with journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Tuesday, September 29, Chief Oyegun said things have gotten really bad, saying it would have been worse if not for the intervention of the current government.
He admitted that due to dwindling resources, there is hunger, terrorism, unemployment and an unstable economy in the land and the leadership is not giving the people much hope for a better tomorrow in the midst of their collective pain.
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