* Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Monday, assured Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not resting on it oars, but working to improve the lives of the people.
Mustapha stated this in Abuja at a news conference organised by his office to highlight some of the key activities to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day Anniversary.
According to him, Buhari is determined to leave Nigeria with “a long-lasting legacy of improved infrastructural facilities and a better economy across the length and breadth of the country”.
“Independence Day for us is a joyous occasion, but also a sobering one because we are beset with a lot of developmental challenges looking at how far we have come.
“Ideally we should be far ahead of where we are right now as a people, but never the less President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not sitting on its oars, but working to ensure better livelihoods for the Nigerian People,” Mustapha said.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha
The SGF also paid tribute to the nation’s founding fathers “who exhibited patriotism and spirit of nationalism during the struggle for Nigeria’s Independence”.
“The struggle for Nigeria’s independence was not an easy one. It was a a result of intellectual prowess, patriotic zeal, as well as love of country that enabled our forebears to succeed in their struggle.
“Nigeria’s leaders since then have made varied contributions to building our nation state. Above all, efforts have been made to ensure that the country remains united despite diverse challenges which are not un-expected in a multicultural society such as ours,” he said.
According to Mustapha, there would be Juma’at Prayer & Special Lecture on Friday, September 27 at the National Mosque by 11am while an Interdenominational Christian Service would follow on Sunday, September 29, at the National Christian Centre by 3pm.
There would be a National Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Summit (NYEES2) Independence Edition on Monday, September 30, at the International Conference Centre, by 9am while ‘The Republic 2 (Independence Edition) Youth Concert’ would follow on the same day at Millennium Park by 6pm.
Independence Media Broadcast would hold on Tuesday, October 1, at State House by 7am. The Presidential Change of Guards would take place by 9am at the State House Forecourt and attendance would be by invitation only.
Attendance at the Independence Dinner & Gala Night holding at the State House Conference Centre on Tuesday, October 1, by 6pm, would also be by invitation only.
The SGF commended journalists for “turning up for this Press conference and hope that you would give it the desired coverage and widespread publicity as expected and also beam some of the events live to Nigerians at home, in the diaspora and the globe as a whole”.
“Thank you for your usual support and hard work in the dissemination of information and educating the general public amongst others, on the activities of this government and we assure you that we would always work with you as the Fourth Estate of the Realm to move our country forward. Thank you and God bless you all,” he added.