Nigeria, Most Prosperous Black Nation — Buhari

Unveiling the theme and logo for the commemorative ac­tivities to celebrate 60 years of Nigeria’s inde­pendence, President Muham­madu Buhari Wednesday, in Abuja, described the country, Africa’s largest economy, as the most prosperous black nation in the world.

Nigeria at 60 theme, TO­GETHER, with the logo, was projected and unveiled virtually on the 12 by 20 feet screen at the Council Cham­bers, before the commence­ment of the e-Federal Exec­utive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari.

The president performed the exercise in the presence of some cabinet ministers and other members of the council who joined the meet­ing online.

‘’Today, we stand on the threshold of history as we formally begin a series of ac­tivities commemorating Nige­ria’s Diamond Anniversary.

‘’The task history has saddled me with today is to proclaim a theme that will keep us united, help us forge ahead, and unveil a logo that will form the critical pillars which our 11-month modest commemorative activities would rest on.

‘’Celebrating sixty years of independence really calls for pomp, but the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all nations in the world to think and act differ­ently, has also foisted on us the imperative of a low-keyed cel­ebration.

‘’Operating within the limitations placed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we cre­ated an internet challenge for Nigerians to make a choice from a set of four pre-selected logos that would appropriate­ly define the theme.

‘’Of these four options, Nigerians from all walks of life participated in making a choice and I am happy to let you know that the logo I would be unveiling is a prod­uct of choice from the Nigeri­an people,’’ President Buhari said

Speaking further on the logo, the president declared: ‘’The selected option depicts our togetherness, a country of over 200 million people whose natural talent, grit, and passion glitter like the precious diamond we are.

‘’This, to me, is a special appreciation to our most pre­cious asset – our people. Ev­erywhere you go, Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in aca­demia, business, innovation, music, movie, entertainment, fashion and culture.

‘’Furthermore, the neatly encrusted diamond on the Nigerian map symbolizes our age of treasure, the worth of the Nigerian people with our sparkle to the admiration of the world.

“In the same vein, the pear green and dark green colours should respectively remind us of our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land.

“All these properties make us unarguably the most pros­perous black nation in the world and Africa’s largest economy.”

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On the theme of TO­GETHER, President Buhari recounted that the country’s founding fathers, in spite of the differences in faith, tribe and tongue, came together to fight for Nigeria’s indepen­dence.

“This shall be a befitting tribute to the struggles of our heroes past,’’ he said.

The president thanked members of the Inter-Min­isterial Committee (IMC) on Nigeria’s Sixtieth Anniver­sary Celebration for the work they had done so far, remind­ing them ‘‘that this is just the beginning’’.

President Buhari prom­ised that his government would work towards greater inclusiveness and look for­ward to the participation of all Nigerians in the celebra­tion.