Information Minister Speaks On Indissoluble Nigeria’s Unity 

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Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said

Nigeria’s resolve to remain as one indivisible entity is unshakable,

in spite of the various challenges facing the nation.

The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Monday at the opening of

‘Nigeria at 60 Photo Exhibition’ with the theme “60 Years of Our

Togetherness.”

“The theme of the photo exhibition has been carefully couched to

reflect on the unity of this great country in the past 60 years,

despite its diverse cultures, traditions, practices, languages and

challenges.

“Like other countries in the world, it is an incontrovertible fact

that Nigeria, over the years, has gone through challenging times, but

we must not miss the fact that its resolve to remain as one

indivisible entity has remained unshaken,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said the Ministry is using the opportunity provided by

the Independence Anniversary celebration to organise a photo

exhibition that will deliver information and educate Nigerians,

especially the youth, who need a re-awakening voyage into the

historical and unique heritage of the country and the secrets behind

its unity in diversity.

“This photo exhibition, therefore, is organised to serve as a poignant

reminder of significant events in the annals of this great country and

how they have shaped the country, ensured peaceful coexistence,

patriotism and determination, culminating in our greatness and

development.

“For those who did not witness Nigeria’s Independence in 1960,

particularly the students, they can at least look at the photos of

pre-independent Nigeria; the independence proper; post-independence

era; leaders who fought for our independence and have an idea of the

struggle for freedom from colonialism and a mental picture of how the

situation was then, which gives hope that whatever challenges we may

be facing even at this time, we will surmount them and have a strong,

united, peaceful and prosperous country,” he said.

The Minister said the exhibition captures six decades of Nigeria’s

independence; footprints of Nigeria’s political leaders and 60 years

of the labour of the heroes past in ensuring the country’s unity and

peace.

He disclosed that the exhibition tells Nigeria’s 60-year story in

pictorial form, delivering a photographic presentation of Nigeria’s

icons, programmes for national integration, such as the National Youth

Service Corps programme, photos of intertribal marriages, creation of

the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; popular artists, both old and

new, as well as the collective achievements in the area of sports,

which had been a strong, unifying force for the country.

Alhaji Mohammed said the exhibition also captures ancient and modern

fashion/attires/hairstyles; Nigerian cuisine, tourist attractions and

festivals; as well as Nigerians in Diaspora and their achievements.

The exhibition, which will run for three days at the National Press

Centre, Radio House, Abuja, was declared open by the Secretary to the

Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha.

Other dignitaries at the occasion were the Head of Civil Service of

the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan; Permanent Secretary, Federal

Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Ifeoma Anyanwutaku; Heads of

Agencies in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, members

of the Diplomatic Corps, members of the National Youth Service Corps,

and students, among others.

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