Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro
By Senator Iroegbu
Federal government has stated that just like in 2011, this year’s Independence Day celebration will be low key against the back drop of the state of insecurity the country and considering the mood of the people.
This was disclosed Tuesday by the Minister of Interior, comrade Abba Moro, who told journalists that the present administration believes that proper foundation should be laid before any celebration.
Moro said that the Federal Government is concerned with the need to pursue the transformation agenda embarked upon by President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.
He added that president Jonathan’s transformation agenda has taken off, describing it as an athlete race which should not be celebrated until he or she wins the race.
“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.
Speaking further, the minister, who said that the present administration was still at infancy stage, made it known that come 2014, the country will be celebrating in a bigger way her centurion.
He also used the opportunity to unveil the program of events line up for the low key celebration, which he revealed will begin with a Presidential Retreat for the civil society organizations on September 6, and will be followed by the National Award ceremony on September 17.