President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the nation’s 60th independence anniversary will be low-key, given the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
He said this on Wednesday while unveiling the logo specially made for the nation’s Diamond anniversary slated for October 1.
The unveiling took place during the Wednesday Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
Ministers at the meeting include the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Information and Culture,Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Nigeria’s Independence is celebrated annually on October 1.
The President described the logo as a product of choice from Nigerians who participated in the selection process.
He said the Diamond anniversary would be low key in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic
He said, “Celebrating 60 years of independence really calls for pomp and pageantry, but the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all nations to think and act differently, has also forced 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 will appropriately define theme.
“Of these four options, Nigerians from all walks of life participated in making a choice and I’m happy to let you know that the logo I will be unveiling is a product of choice from the Nigerian people.
“I’m informed that the selected option depicts our togetherness; a country of over 200 million people, whose natural talents, grits and passion glitter like the precious diamond we are.
“As we celebrate this anniversary, this government will work towards greater inclusiveness and look forward to the participation of all Nigerians.’
On his part, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Nigeria’s 60th anniversary celebration, said the unveiling of the logo marked the official take-off of Nigeria’s 60th anniversary.