Buhari preaches unity ahead Diamond jubilee

Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee logo is a product of choice by citizens and it depicts togetherness of its over 200 million people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious Diamond.

President Muhammadu Buhari at an event to unveil the theme ‘Togetherness’ and logo for Nigeria’s 60th independence, said this year’s independence celebration will be minimal.

“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,” he said.​

The President emphasized that celebrating 60 years of independence  calls for pomp and pageantry, but for the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all nations to think and act differently, a development that compels the Diamond Jubilee to be 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,” Buhari said.

​”I am informed that 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,” the President added.

He explained that he was made to understand that the neatly encrusted Diamond on the Nigerian Map symbolizes Nigeria’s age of treasure, the worth of the her people with the sparkle to the admiration of the world.

He explained  that the pear green and dark green colours should respectively remind Nigerians of their warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in the nation’s human capital and the richness of its land.

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

​”It is, therefore, with a deep feeling of national pride that I hereby announce to you, that TOGETHER shall be the theme of our Nation’s Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration. Our 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.

“​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 Nation’s history, Buhari noted.

He thanked the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary for its work even as he promised that government would work towards greater inclusiveness and look forward to the participation of all Nigerians.

Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary, Boss Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the Committee opted for a year-long celebration in order to create opportunities for ownership and ensure that the edifying elements of our nation are made to propel our various individual and collective actions.

He said the post-October 1 activities to engage the private sector and the ordinary Nigerians would be the focus of the IMC.

Mustapha also said it was agreed that to make the Diamond Anniversary very inclusive and create opportunities for internalization and “buy-in” by all sectors and the Nigerian people and as well a year-long celebration starting from the date of launching a web portal to September 30, 2021.

He added that the unveiling of the logo is the second milestone of the celebration, marking the official take-off of Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary programmes.

“The IMC had a very robust argument on the theme and finally settled on one that recognizes our sojourn in nationhood, identified challenges faced all through and what is required to move Nigeria to its enviable stage amongst the comity of nations.

“To arrive at a logo, the IMC had to review fifteen different possibilities designed by a patriotic group of Nigerian firms to whom we had expressed our appreciation for their efforts,” Mustapha said.

He pointed out that out of 15 logos, the IMC chose the best four that were then subjected a Diamond/Change/Innovation challenge on a website specifically designed for that purpose and Nigerians from all walks of life participated in the whole process that required selection of a logo, best fit slogan, appropriate poetry and accompanying photographs.

“On the other hand, the IMC would conclude the winning entries for the slogan, poetry and photography after which winners would be given prize money at a separate event,” Mustapha added.

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