President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his appreciation to the patriotic support of eminent Nigerians and corporate organisations, who participated actively towards making the launch of Nigeria’s Centenary celebration a huge event.
President Jonathan gave the commendation while delivering an address to flag off the Centenary anniversary celebration at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja on Monday night.
Among the personalities singled out by the Federal Government for their commitment to ensuring the success of the launch was Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr (GCON), the Chairman of Globacom Limited. Others were the President Of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Mr. Bisi Onasanya and First Bank; Mr. Tony Elumelu and Heirs Limited and Chief Cletus Ibeto and Ibeto Group of Companies.
“They have taken their pride of place and I urge all Nigerians to emulate them,” said the President. President Jonathan made a particular reference to a mini documentary entitled: “The Future” and sponsored by Globacom Limited on the Centenary celebration, which featured the President interacting with Nigerian children representing Nigeria’s different ethnic nationalities and highlighted how strong Nigeria could be as a nation if we all worked together.
“In the documentary in which I appeared with the children, you will see that the children performed better than me. That means that our future is brighter,” President Jonathan said in a light-hearted manner, drawing significant applause from the distinguished gathering which included the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, the leadership of the National Assembly, past presidents of Nigeria, governors, ministers and members of the diplomatic corps, the wives of the President and Vice President and other dignitaries.
Globacom is the official announcer of the Centenary celebration. The President said he was pleased with the large turn out at the event and the interest the Centenary celebration had generated among Nigerians home and abroad.
In his opening remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim said in response to the brief by the President to the Organising Committee that the Centenary celebration must be public sector driven, “we approached key players in the public sector and the response was overwhelming,” obviously alluding to the immense contribution of key industry players in Nigeria.
“Never in the history of Nigeria has a national event like this been public sector-driven,” he said and commended Dr. Mike Adenuga jr., Tony Elumelu, Bisi Onasanya and others on behalf of the President for their personal and corporate support towards making the event successful and historic.
Also speaking during the event, the Minister of Culture, Chief Edem Duke commended the corporate organisations for partnering the government of their fatherland to reposition Nigeria for greatness, adding that our history would be preserved while our shared values and beliefs would be reinforced by the Centenary celebration.
The Centenary celebration is aimed at restoring hope in the country, arousing patriotic instincts and consciousness in Nigerians, breaking persisting stereotypes and institute legacy projects to take Nigeria to greater heights in the years ahead.
Some of the activities lined up for the year long celebration include the construction of a centenary city, trade and investment road shows, centenary music competition and carnivals among several other value adding programmes and events.