President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday unveiled the logo and theme for Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.
The president logo and theme on Wednesday before the commencement of the 15th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the theme for this year’s diamond independence anniversary is “Together Shall We Be,” depicting the country’s unity in diversity.
The president said the labour of the country’s heroes, who fought together, putting aside their ethnic or religious differences, can never be in vain.
“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 are eleven months modest commemoration activities will rest on.“Our founding fathers, in spite of differences in faith, tribe and tongue, came together to fight for Nigeria’s independence. This shall be a befitting tribute to the struggle of our heroes’ past.
“It is to the glory of God and in celebration of the attainment of the diamond age of 60 by our great nation that I hereby unveil the preferred anniversary logo for this momentous occasion in our national history.“It is therefore with a deep feeling of national pride that I hereby announce to you that “Together shall we be” shall be the theme of our nation’s 60th anniversary celebration,” he said.
The president announced that the logo for the anniversary was picked by Nigerians from four options presented to them via the Internet.
He said the emergence of coronavirus would not allow the country to have an elaborate celebration on October 1 when the country turns 60.
“Celebrating 60 years of independence really calls for pomp and pageantry, but the global COVID-19 Pandemic, which has forced all nations in the world 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,” he said.