The gross insecurity in Nigeria has forced Federal Government to curtail its plan for this year’s Independence Day celebration. Plans are being made to make it low-key event following security challenges facing the country.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Morro told reporters that the administration believes that proper foundation should be laid before any celebration.
He said President Goodluck Jonathan’s agenda has taken off, describing it as an athletic race which should not be celebrated until he or she wins.
“The world today is troubled; there are cries of infrastructure decay in Nigeria and insecurity. Rather than commit money into celebration, we will rather use it for the development of the country, it will be too immature to embark on flamboyant activities while there are large number of unemployed youths in the country,” he said.
Morro also used the medium to unveil programs lined up for the event. Insisting that the low key celebration will begin with a presidential retreat for the civil society of organizations on September 6 and national award on September 17.