Nigerians celebrate Independence Day on Friday, amid calls of unity
Nigeria will mark the 61st anniversary of its independence on Friday. Independence Day in the West African nation is a national holiday celebrated each year on the first of October.
The holiday marks Nigeria's proclamation of independence from British rule on October 1, 1960.
Officials and activists in Africa’s most populous country have called on Nigerians to embrace peace, inclusion, and unity during the holiday.
They say that given the nation’s diversity, Nigeria is stronger when all the ethnic groups work hand-in-hand to foster its development.
“We are stronger together. We have always been. When we look at the strength and potentials of all our parts, we see that we can surmount all challenges,” said Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, a senior advocate and former government minister during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“However, as we celebrate our 61st anniversary, we must look beyond our own ethnic, religious, and socio-economic lenses to understand that every individual, every community, and every state has a crucial role to play in developing the Nigeria of our dreams,” Turaki said.