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Ogun State Cancels Independence Day Celebration

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The Ogun State government has officially announced the cancellation of the 63rd Independence Day celebration, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, October 1st. This decision aligns with the directive issued by the Federal Government to observe a low-key celebration this year.

The statement conveying this crucial decision was released by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi. The Federal Government’s decision to opt for a subdued celebration stems from its desire to mirror the prevailing national sentiment. Consequently, citizens of Ogun State are encouraged to utilize this time to engage in solemn prayers for the nation.

The statement partly reads, “Following the directive of the Federal Government that this year’s Independence Day Celebration should be low-key, the Ogun State Government has cancelled all arrangements in respect of the anniversary on October 1st, 2023.

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“The decision by the federal government is to reflect the mood of the nation. The state government enjoins citizens of the state to spend the time solemnly praying for the country.

“It is the strong belief of the government under the leadership of Governor Dapo Abiodun that the supplications of the people at this crucial time will be answered by God.

“We seek the understanding and cooperation of all and sundry as we observe a low-key independence anniversary this year, believing that better times lie ahead of us as a people”.

In an earlier statement, the federal government revealed that Nigeria’s 63rd independence anniversary will be observed as a modest event, and foreign dignitaries will not be extended invitations. George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, conveyed this decision.

During a press conference in Abuja on Monday, Akume informed reporters that President Bola Tinubu had given his endorsement to a restrained celebration, aligning it with the prevailing economic conditions. The chosen theme for this anniversary is “Nigeria @ 63, Renewed Hope for Unity and Prosperity.”

“No world leaders have been invited. This celebration is low-key as I said due to the realities on ground. We’ve not invited foreign leaders. Time would come that we would gather world leaders to celebrate with us. But for now, none,” Akume said.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) conveyed that despite the recent inception of this administration in May, it remains in its early stages, and Nigerians can anticipate the forthcoming implementation of policies and project executions.

He also emphasized that Nigerians have overwhelmingly embraced democracy as their preferred mode of governance, even in the face of political instability and coups occurring in some parts of the West African subregion.

Akume assured the populace that the government recognizes the economic difficulties Nigerians have encountered since the removal of the fuel subsidy and the impact of the global economic downturn. He added that the government is actively working on providing necessary relief measures and engaging in discussions with labor unions to address concerns that affect the well-being of all Nigerian workers and citizens at large.

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