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Nigeria @60: Abuja wears new look

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is wearing a new look as Nigeria marks her 60th independence anniversary on Thursday.

Nigeria got her independence on October 1, 1960, and it will be exactly 60 years on Thursday that the British’s Union Jack was lowered and the green and white flag was hoisted.

To mark the day, a guard of honour/anniversary parade is scheduled for the Eagle Square, located directly opposite the National Cenotaph in the Three Arms Zone in the FCT.

Our correspondent noticed on Monday that the venue had been given a facelift with some parts of it painted in the national colours.

New national flags have also been hoisted on all the poles erected in front and around the venue.

Some small billboards bearing the logo and theme of the celebration, TOGETHER, have also been erected on metal poles of streetlights on the major roads.

The inscriptions on the billboards range from tributes to the nation’s sporting icons and private sector players.

Major roads leading to the FCT are also not left out in the facelift.

New national flags have also been hoisted on all the poles at the City Gate, near the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

These are aside from the flags hoisted on both sides of the expressway leading from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around the Military Cemetery.

Although the Federal Government said the anniversary would be marked with staggered programmes by different government agencies for one year, weeklong activities started last Friday with a public lecture and special Jumat prayers at the Abuja National Mosque.

An interdenominational service was also held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), inaugurated the National Ethics and Integrity Policy on Monday, while an exhibition was also held on the same day.




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