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Lagos kick starts celebration with special Jumat service


By Oziegbe Okoeki


The Nigerian State must continue to exist as a united and formidable country, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat has said.

Hamzat stated this during the special Jumat Service held to commemorate the 60th National Independence celebration held at the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque,  Alausa, Ikeja.

Hamzat admonished all Nigerians to embrace the spirit of love and unity in all their human interactions as Nigeria cannot afford the cost of war and segregation, adding that the younger generation needs to be re-orientated on the ideals of the founding fathers.

He further noted that it is only in unity that the country can progress and overcome its daunting challenges and take its rightful place in the comity of nations.

He said “the future of this great country belongs to today’s youths and as such we as leaders need to lead by example worthy of emulation.”


Earlier in the special Jumat prayers, the Imam of the Central Mosque, Imam Abdul Hakeem Abdul Gafar offered thanksgiving to God for the peace and unity enjoyed by Nigeria so far in spite of her challenges.

He encouraged Muslim faithful to continue to commit Nigeria in constant prayers and eschew the spirit of division.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi thanked Nigerians for the faith exercised so far and further preached the promotion of peaceful coexistence among the citizens.

He commended Nigerians for their passion and dedication to the Nigerian project while reassuring that tomorrow will be better.

The outline of programmes to celebrate the 60th Nigerian Independence celebrations continues on Sunday September 27, 2020 with an interdenominational church Thanksgiving Service at the Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa.

While the grandest finale is slated for Thursday, October 1, with an Independence Parade at the Agege Stadium,  Agege, Lagos.


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