The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed asserted that Nigeria’s resolve to remain as one indivisible entity is unshakable, in spite of the various challenges facing the nation.
The Minister stated this in Abuja at the opening of Nigeria at 60 Photo Exhibition with the theme “60 Years of Our Togetherness” today September 20.
Speaking at the event, Mohammed said:
“The theme of the photo exhibition has been carefully couched to reflect on the unity of this great country in the past 60 years, despite its diverse cultures, traditions, practices, languages and challenges.
Like other countries in the world, it is an incontrovertible fact that Nigeria, over the years, has gone through challenging times, but we must not miss the fact that its resolve to remain as one indivisible entity has remained unshaken.
“This photo exhibition, therefore, is organised to serve as a poignant reminder of significant events in the annals of this great country and how they have shaped the country, ensured peaceful coexistence, patriotism and determination, culminating in our greatness and development.
“For those who did not witness Nigeria’s Independence in 1960, particularly the students, they can at least look at the photos of pre-independent Nigeria; the independence proper; post-independence era; leaders who fought for our independence and have an idea of the struggle for freedom from colonialism and a mental picture of how the situation was then, which gives hope that whatever challenges we may be facing even at this time, we will surmount them and have a strong, united, peaceful and prosperous country” he said
According to the Minister, the exhibition captures six decades of Nigeria’s independence; footprints of Nigeria’s political leaders and 60 years of the labor of the heroes past in ensuring the country’s unity and peace.
He explained that the exhibition tells Nigeria’s 60-year story in pictorial form, delivering a photographic presentation of Nigeria’s icons, programs for national integration, such as the National Youth Service Corps program, photos of intertribal marriages, creation of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; popular artists, both old and new, as well as the collective achievements in the area of sports, which had been a strong, unifying force for the country.