Nigeria Centenary Exhibition

8th February 2013
Location: Abuja

SGF Makes Case For Celebrating Nigeria's Centenary

Senator Anyim Pius Anyim (GCON), Secretary to the Government of
the Federation remarked concerning the centenary celebration:

On January 1, 1914, the Northern and Southern Protectorates were
formally amalgamated into one country, establishing modern day
Nigeria. January 1, 2014 marks one hundred years of our union as a
nation. There are not many nations privileged to have such longevity.

Notwithstanding our struggles and challenges, this is an epoch
deserving of a celebration by the Nigerian people. It offers us a
unique opportunity to focus on our country, its history, people,
achievements and aspirations for the next century.

We do not take our nationhood for granted. There is, however, an
advantage in being a melting pot of cultures, of multiple ethnic
nationalities and different religions, brought together in a united
and viral entity.

Our geographical landscape, with its varied flora and fauna and rich
natural resources derives the blessing of our being. Nigeria has
indeed come a long way.

Our story is one of admirable and remarkable progress. Nigeria
attained independence, fought and survived a civil war and is
currently committed to building a stable nation, with a strong

We are blessed with a vibrant population and our democracy is
maturing. This centenary celebration presents us an opportunity to
count our blessings as a nation, celebrate our dexterity and
resilience as a people and resolve to launch into the next century
with renewed determination, hope and expectations.









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