The people of Adamawa State on Friday trooped to Ahmadu Ribadu Square in the capital, Yola, to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day.
It was the first time in seven years that the people, mobilised by the government, would dedicate time and resources to mark Nigeria’s Independence anniversary.
Outside government circles, different associations held street processions and virtually every church group in the state congregated Friday morning to mark the anniversary.
The state Commissioner of Information, Dr Umar Pella who alluded to the peculiarity of the day in the state, said it would remain memorable after so many years of Adamawa people merely letting the nation’s Independence Day pass unmarked in the state.
“We congratulate Nigeria at 61. We congratulate Adamawa people for trooping out today to celebrate Nigeria’s 61st Independence day. This is the first time since 2014 that independence was celebrated in Adamawa,” Pella said.
Students of numerous public and private secondary schools as well as members of the different government security agencies and voluntary organisations participated in a match past with the state Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri taking the salute.
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Governor Fintiri, who delivered a speech after the guard of honour said the ‘Nigerian Spirit’ is worth celebrating because it has sustained the country in the last 61 years.
“There have been tough periods but the Nigerian spirit and the unflagging resilience of our people have seen us through and we will continue to march forward to greater heights,” Fintiri said.
He said Adamawa State overcame forces of disunity that culminated in debilitating civil insecurity, adding, however, “We have renewed our faith in one another and in our country and proven that we are truly a resilient nation.”
The height of the event was a cultural display aimed at entertaining the audience as well as a street rally round the state capital by patriotic youths.