As part of the nation’s 62nd independence anniversary celebrations, the Federal Government is to confer national honours on deserving Nigerians.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while briefing journalists in Abuja ahead of the independence day celebration reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to promoting the unity, security and stability of the country.
“Please permit me to use this opportunity to announce that the award of National Honours will be held as part of the 62nd Independence Anniversary on October 1 in Abuja. The Honourable Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs will give the full details later.”
He said celebrating the country’s independence anniversary was a reminder that in spite of the challenges Nigeria has faced, Nigerians have remained resilient and committed to the unity of the country.
Buhari has last Thursday awarded Nigerian citizenship to 286 nationals, calling on them to be good citizens of the country to enjoy all the rights and privileges bestowed on them.
‘You have pledged your allegiance to Nigeria. When you give your love and loyalty to Nigeria, she returns her love and loyalty to you,’ the president told the awardees during an event at the State House.
The president explained that out of the 286 foreign nationals presented with certificates of Nigerian citizenship, 208 received certificates by naturalisation, while 78 got certificates by Registration.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, he urged them to make positive and useful contributions to the advancement, progress, and well-being of the different communities they reside, adding that as citizens they must be in accord with the national ethics and code of conduct.
In exercising the constitutional powers conferred on him, by Chapter III Sections 25-31 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the President told the new citizens that Nigeria is a nation united by the principles of opportunity, equality, and liberty as enshrined in the Constitution.