George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has declared that celebrations for the 2023 Independence Day commemoration will be low key, but he has not explained why.
On Wednesday, after meeting with Vice President Kashim Shettima, Akume made the announcement to reporters outside the State House in Abuja.
“Independence Day is a monumental celebration in any nation, and Nigeria is no different. We have everything we need for this year’s party, but we’ll be keeping things low key for obvious reasons.
He told reporters, “This year’s celebration is going to be low-key; there will be no room for a fantastic jamboree at the Eagle Square and other locations.”
Akume urged Nigerians to utilize the independence anniversary as an opportunity to ponder the country’s unity and the road ahead.
This is a moment for the people of Nigeria to pause and consider the path ahead for their country, which is being expertly navigated by President Bola Tinubu. We wish Nigerians the best of success and want them to know that better times are on the horizon, and they’ll arrive very quickly,” he added.
The Government Secretary expressed hope that the difficulties leading up to the planned strike by organized labor may be resolved amicably.
He urged labor unions to wait patiently while the administration addressed their concerns.
“The Labor leaders are extremely patriotic Nigerians, and we want to think rightly that nobody would want to have a strike at this time in our history because it is not in the interest of the workers and it is not in the interest of everyone.
Although it may take time, the current administration in Nigeria is committed to improving workers’ wages and fostering economic growth for the entire country. Akume said that it was premature to pass judgment on the government after only a few months in power.