- Nigerians across the world will celebrate 62 years of independence from Britain on Saturday, October 1
- The federal government has lined up several activities to celebrate the country's independence anniversary
- Most of the key activities lined up will be held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja which is the country's seat of power
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FCT, Abuja - As Nigerians prepare to celebrate the country's 62nd independence anniversary on Saturday, October 1, there are several activities lined up the federal government to celebrate the milestone.
The federal government had said celebrating Nigeria's independence anniversary is a reminder that in spite of the challenges faced, Nigerians have remained resilient and committed to the unity of the country.
The government also reiterated its commitment to promoting the unity, security and stability of Nigeria.
Activities lined up for the anniversary celebration include
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1. A church service on Sunday, September 25 at the National Christian Centre, Central Business District, Abuja at 3:00pm
2. A public lecture focused on national unity on Thursday, September 29, at the State House Conference Hall at 10am
3. On Friday, September 30, there will be a special Juma’at prayer at the National Mosque, Central Business District, Abuja
4. On Saturday, October 1, there will be a presidential broadcast at 7 am.
5. On Saturday, October 1, there will be a military parade at Eagle Square, Central Business District, Abuja, starting at 10am
6. On Saturday, October 1, aerial displays by Nigerian Air Force aircraft in Abuja
7. Award of national honours on Tuesday, October 11
2023 elections: FCI to partner with other agencies to combat fake news
Meanwhile, FactCheck Initiative (FCI) has created a team for a cause that will involve partnering with the government and other agencies in other to have free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria void of any form of violence in 2023.
The main aim of this cause will be to spot, examine and respond to the impact caused by any misleading information ahead of the upcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
Adeoye Temitope, country director, FactCheck Initiative says stopping fake news and misinformation is the inspiration behind the project.
2023: Yiaga Africa partners UNDP to promote youth participation in politics
On its part, in a bid to mobilise over 60 million young Nigerians to vote in the 2023 general elections, Yiaga Africa and the United Nations Development Programme on Saturday, August 6 organised a concert at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Kubwa Abuja.
The event which was held in partnership with a comedian, Chukwuyem Israel, was aimed at using the platform of entertainment to promote the importance of youth participation in the electoral process.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the event, a senior research officer at Yiaga Africa, Michael Agada, said the concert is geared towards educating NYSC members on the imperativeness to participate actively in the democratic process ahead of the 2023 polls.