BEVERLY HILLS, September 16, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday unveiled the 60th Independence Anniversary celebration logo.
The unveiling of the Logo was held shortly before the commencement of the 15th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the State House, Abuja. It was witnessed by Federal Ministers and the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Ministers at the meeting include that of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Information and Culture, Rauf Aregbesola as well as a few cabinet members and presidential aides. Other ministers are participating in the meeting from their respective offices in Abuja online.
While unveiling the logo at a brief ceremony in the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, the President said, “today we stand on the threshold of history as we formally begin a series of activities commemorating Nigeria’s Diamond Anniversary”.
The president described the Logo as a product of choice from Nigerians who participated in the selection process. He, however, emphasised that the Diamond Anniversary would be low key in view of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Operating within the limitations placed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we created an internet challenge for Nigerians to make a choice from a set of four pre-selected logos that will appropriately define the theme. Of these four options, Nigerians from all walks of life participated in making a choice and I’m happy to let you know that the logo I will be unveiling is a product of choice from the Nigerian people.
I’m informed that the selected option depicts our togetherness; a country of over 200 million people, whose natural talents, grits and passion glitter like the precious diamond we are. As we celebrate this anniversary, this government will work towards greater inclusiveness and look forward to the participation of all Nigerians,” he said.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, said the unveiling of the Logo marks the official take-off of Nigeria’s 60th anniversary. Mustapha, who narrated how the committee arrived at the selection of the Diamond Logo from 15 different possibilities designed by patriotic Nigerian firms, thanked the president for engaging members of the committee in the national assignment.
The Federal Government had earlier in September called on Nigerians to submit creative ideas that can brand the anniversary which is themed “Together at 60”.