Although it was a low-key celebration for Nigerians yesterday, the 52nd anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence was celebrated all the same. This would make it the second year in a row that the Independence celebrations would be shifted from Eagle’s Square, to the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock for security reasons.
Mr President and his security team are afraid that Boko Haram, an Islamic sect of terrorists may spring a surprise attack on them.
In the wake of all the vices in my country, I choose to ignore all the pains and hardships they have caused us for a moment and celebrate where God has brought us thus far, as a country and as a nation.
Please view some photos capturing the highlights of yesterday’s Independence celebrations.
God bless Nigeria.
From left: National President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; Senate President, Sen. David Mark, and President Goodluck Jonathan, at the 52nd Independence Anniversary church service in Abuja, on Sunday
President Goodluck Jonathan during presidential change of guards parade at the forecourt of the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday. The president marked a low-keyed 52-year Independence Day celebration holed up in the Presidential Villa for security reasons.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan cutting the 52nd Anniversary cake flanked by former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (third left); Senate President, Senator David Mark, former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme; Vice Prresident Namadi Sambo (second left) and other dignitaries during the cutting of the anniversary cake after the Presidential Change of Guards Parade at the Forecourts of the Presidential Villa, as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 52nd Independence anniversary, in Abuja, on Monday.
L–R: President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; Vice-President Namadi Sambo; President Goodluck Jonathan; Senate President, David Mark; and a former VP, Dr. Alex Ekwueme at the cutting of the 52nd Independence Anniversary cake, in Abuja … on Monday.
Photo Credits: Photo: Abayomi Adeshida for Vanguard Nigeria; Sahara Reporters.