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Gowon, Buhari, Abdulsalami, OBJ back Jonathan on Centenary celebration

From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja

Former heads of State, Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari and Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as former President Shehu Shagari all turned out last night to support President Goodluck Jonathan in kick-starting the centenary celebrations, which would climax on January 1, 2014. January 1, 2014, would mark a century the British colonial administration amalgamated the Southern and Northern Protectorates, making up the Nigerian nation.

The event which started at 8.30 p.m. and ended about 11 p.m was held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Senate President, David Mark, his Deputy Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, his Deputy, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar also attended. State governors, ministers, presidential aides, captains of Industry, members of diplomatic corps were present at the occasion.

The President said the amalgamation of 2014 was not a mistake but an act of God. He said the amalgamation created a unique entity of the globe called Nigeria; a beautiful country richly blessed and which has turned out innovative people accross the world. The President said beyond the endowed natural resources, Nigeria is blessed with unique collection of people specially created by God. He noted that the one Nigeria consciousness which has kept the nation together must be safeguarded.

The President said that it was a uniquely act of God that the country had survived a civil war and several other daunting challenges: “The unity of Nigeria is indivisible and non-negotiable, we must remain the forward looking people that we are.

“I see a united, powerful and prosperous nation that will make the generation yet unborn very proud. “Arise, we shall prosper, we will.” The President, Buhari, a 120 years old from Zungeru in Niger State who witnessed the 1914 Amalgamation and two children, male and female representing the younger generation lite the centenary torch. In a welcome address, the Secretary to the government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim said in line with the directive of the President, the celebration would involve all Nigerians and its sponsorship would be wholly private sector driven.

He said he was amazed at the response of Nigerians to support the celebration and make it strong, colourful and fascinating. Anyim said the centenary celebration would be used to replace pessimisn with optimism to make the country rise above its challenges He disclosed that the celebration would generate over 15,000 direct and indirect jobs. Gowon described Nigeria as “a unique nation, a nation of diverse, strong and hard working people”.

He noted that not many nation could survive 100 years of cohesiveness in-spite of the diverse nature of the nation and several challenges Nigeria has faced. Unveiling the centenary logo, he declared: “May the emblem symbolises a rallying point for the unity of the nation. “May it be a reminder of our entity, unity and oneness of the nation which is not negotiable and serve as a symbol of peace, unity and prosperity”. Obasanjo recalled his 2003 national broadcast where he asked: “If you cannot love Nigeria and be positive about it and make contributions to its progress, then I should ask you what sort of Nigerian are you?”

He tasked every Nigerian that after 100 years of staying together, to remain focus in the quest for making Nigeria a “humane, just and progressive” nation. Obasanjo after the remarks presented the centenary theme: “One Nigeria, Great Promise”. Speaking in same vein, Abubakar said Nigeria is in the league of countries like, india, China, Egypt, Ethiopia and Amenia for surviving 100 years and more of co-existence in spite of daunting challenges.

He said the nation should use the opportunity of the centenary celebrations to lay the foundation of a new nation. “There is every reason to celebrate in songs and dances.

One nation, indivisible Nigeria has come to stay,” he said. Abubakar thereafter presented a centenary theme song titled: “This Land, Celebrating One Hundred Years of Nigeria,” which was subsequently performed by a team of notable Nigerian musicians led by Onyeka Onwenu. Tambuwal launched the centenary web portal, www.nigeriacentenary.com.ng, while Mark launched the centenary lottery. The lottery saw a State House correspondent of Peoples Daily, Abdurahaman Abdulraheem winning an I-pad while another female guest won an I-phone.

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51 Comments

  1. Ihuoma February 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Good oh Buhari. I no he never consult bakari the ………..

  2. efo February 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Celebration of stupidity.One nigeria indeed.Another way of spending our money foolishly.All of you should bury your urgly faces in shame.Old bastards!!

    • nzogbonzogbu February 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      The celebration is to be sponsored by private organisations…..i know u were thought to read

    • nzogbonzogbu February 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      for once Buhari did something positive. I wish he will continue and stop calling for blood of baboons and cows.

  3. Ashiwaju-D-Ole February 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

    See useless BUHARI neck that man is very hungry for power. urgly and tin oh my God give him little food b4 he die like a bastard he is

    • Imani Momoh February 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      @ Ashiwaju, Must you be insultive before we get your point? Watch your tongue if you must live long and earned respect.

      • Eze February 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        Imani Momoh May God punish you

  4. Egwusi February 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    you can see this People are very stupid, if you can’t see it then you are more stupid too!

    • Chairman February 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      If all those old men realy believe that nigeria is together, let them agree to a referendum, the foundation of nigeria was laid on evil and we know that evil will not last forever. If nigeria is what these evil men trying to tell the world that it is, why is it that almost all the tribes and group whant to be out of it?

    • Chairman February 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      If all those old men realy believe that nigeria is together, let them agree to a referendum, the foundation of nigeria was laid on evil and we know that evil will not last forever. If nigeria is what these evil men trying to tell the world that it is, why is it that almost all the tribes and group whant to be out of it? What of the clause that said that any group or tribe that does not want to contineu in the union will be free to pull out after 100 years?

  5. TRUTHMUSTBESAID. February 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    THIS PEOPLE ARE JUST VERY FUNNY DREAMERS OF ONE NIGERIA.., HAHAHAHAHA.. GOODBYE NIGERIA…

  6. fula February 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    who or what be dis dem private pocket sponsor wey Anyim de call dem name sef? abi dis na case of public treasury tru private spending? i confuse o my people

  7. Oleka Udenze February 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Let’s all get set to roll out the drums…Nigeria is 100. Long live The Federal Republic of Nigeria!!! But please we don’t want to hear of another monumental fraud in the course of the preparation for the celebration…

  8. Dan February 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    THE GATHERING OF THE VULTURES Na Wetin wey peson no qo hear 4dis stupid n uselex country..as they’r leavin let them bear it in dia inner most mind dt dis z d last centenary they’l witnes unda d so called ONE NIGERIA cus we’r partin ways soon..d celebrtn z jst anoda means of sharin looted money..i waz even more shockd nd surprisd wen i read dt sum ALMALGAMATED BASTARDZ amongst dem waz gven an iphones al in d name of lottery abi na loto/gamblin dey did..ANUOFIA>tufiakwa

  9. Austine Uche February 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

    So you people cannot speak to yourselves to stop the looting?. You are the ones that make Nigerians think of disintegration, I believe it MUST happen. All your loots will kill all of you one by one, except Shagari.

  10. Macmo February 5, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Hypocrite Buhari, Jonathan pls be very careful of that basterd. My advice is dat u should think of how 2 impact positively on Nigerians & stop bordering ur self on unrealistic things. If u like let d centenary celebration last for 5yrs, what must be, must be.

  11. dimka February 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Now i kno that our leaders are not interested in the masses, but in their puckets. Can u imagin inconpetent word ‘unity and unique”. Where is these two words found in a name so-called NIGERIA? Let the leaders keep fooling them selves. No wonder they(leaders) called nigeria good, because when they squander and dupe our country money, no body dare question them. ‘What an inconpitent country’

  12. Ibeawuchi Nnamdi February 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    How much was involved either in dollars or naria?gud 2 hear of the 100 yrs cemetrie Nigeria.look dem,why is it they were no boko to to celebrate them?am still on the watch.

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  14. Jackson Shirley February 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

    good people of nigeria please let us get read of this people one’s and foros so that we can move forward thank you.

  15. cookey February 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Nigeria did not worth centenary celebration what have we achieved in 100yrs in amalgamation —–corruption tribalism nepotism oppression —-ect this centenary is an avenue to syphon our fund for their political engagement. GOD HELP NIGERIA.

  16. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana February 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Ashiwaju D – Ole, you are an idiot without bearing, you are the useless human being that has ever happened to Nigeria, you are the one that is looking hungry, you are the most urgliest thing your parents ever produced, you are the one looking thin and you are the bastard your parents produced out of wedding. You would never see good through out your life for insulting Buhari.

    • Chairman February 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      mr azumi gana, how come you are always in the habit of insulting ppl? You have never contributed anything on any topic any day, you will only read what ppl wrote and then insult them, you are so imature that I wonder if you are actualy old enough to have a phone (not old by age)

  17. Goldensonn February 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I am proud to be a Nigerian. I will never be in a team/class of those who always condemn this country. We are 100 years old and there is nothing anyone can do about it. this Nigeria must continue to move forward in spite of those notable challenges. Every strong nation of the world today passed through similar challenges. Challenges come and go, we will still remain an indivisible nation.
    I love my country Nigeria and am proud of it.
    Long live Nigeria at 100, long.
    GOD bless our dearest President.

  18. ONYIAUKE NA UMUOJI February 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    WETIN CONCERN ME WITH THEIR YEYE CENTENARY CELEBRATION DAT NA ANODA WAY OF SHARING OUR MONEY BY DIS OLD THIEVES DAT CALL DEMSELF OUR PAST LEADERS, FELLOW BROS AND SISTERS FORGET ABOUT DEM, LETS TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL, PREDICT AND WIN MTN RECHARGE CARD FROM ME, PREDICT THE FINAL SCORE FOR TMORROW MATCH BETWEEN NIGERIA AND MALI, YOU WILL RECIEVE THE PRIZE IMMEDIATLY AFTER THE MATCH, BUT IF I RECIEVE MANY WINNING NUMBERS, THE FIRST SENDER FROM THE WINNING NUMBERS WILL RECIEVE THE PRIZE, PLS SEND YOUR PREDICTIONS TO THIS NUMBER (07034740026) THANK U, I WISH U GOOD LUCK.

  19. Omenka February 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Maroons celebrating their foolishness
    One Nigeria indeed.

  20. BONNY February 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Even though there are still many problems to surmount,there can still be unity in diversity if only some disgruntled,dicredited&disgraced elements could lay down there weapons of destruction.Our size &population are great advantage to the envy of our neighbours.We are greater in number than all west african states put together.After rain comes shine,we shall emerge stronger.A journey of one thousand kilometer starts with a foot steb

  21. Owerri February 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    GEJ, pls, Danger! Danger!! Danger!!! Rescind on this plan because such centinary carnival is what the B/H is yawning for. A word is enough for a wise. Conduct any event at Aso rock, that support is tele guided from above, ones enemy doesn,t advice his foes to buy good products in the open market so says owerri local adage.

  22. EMMANUEL BEN February 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    THIS IS GREAT FOR ALL THE GENERALS TO COME TOGETHER, I SEE HOPE IN THIS COUNTRY. WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT THE WILL OF GOD MUST BE DONE IN THIS NATION. I WONDER WHETHER SOME OF THESE PEOPLE WITH NEGATIVE COMMENT ARE FROM THIS COUNTRY AT ALL. I DOUBT. ALL THE SAME GOOD LUCK TO ALL GOOD PEOPLE OF NIGERIA AND OTHERS FROM THE LIFT SIDE TOO. LONG LIVE NIGERIA.

    • Dan February 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Emmanuel,thank u very much 4 ur contribution.u av spoke very well

  23. Imani Momoh February 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I think this a good step for indivisible Nigeria. At for those who criticize unduly, I pray God deliverance. What is condemnable is condemnable as what is commendable is. Say… ‘The problem of Nigeria is leadership’. Not fully agree As we the follower ship are part. Lets learn how to be constructive while criticizing. This event should be seen as Wayforward and a welcome development.

  24. Prince Evans February 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I luv dat fabulous joke by GEJ & his predisseore, but am afraid dere may be no Nigeria in 2015!

  25. OGB February 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    100 years indeed.
    100 years of stupidity.
    Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari and Abdulsalami Abubakar are all old fools that refuse to let younger generation correct their bad policies, simply because of their personal and greedy interest.

  26. charles ohaji February 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Celebrating nigeria is good but of what development achievement. This is celebrating failure. Our leaders should go back and plan a better package for nigerians that wil give life more meaning.

  27. ogwumabiri February 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    The vultures are celebrating themselves again. It is either Obj,Gowon,Buhari , Abubakar or other rich government pen armed robbers. 2013 is a year of submitting account to God. Repent now o yee occupiers of seat of power before it is too late!

    • Mr Nwosu February 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Bro, who are the vultures? Your leaders? If your leaders are vultures it means that the followers are vultures meaning that you too are vulture.

  28. Sammela February 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I wish nigeria a good tones of celebration.HIP HIP HIP HURRAY Wonderful 9ja is 100 years of almagamation of 1914.so hapi almagamation in advanced

  29. Simeon February 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Why Shonekan and IBB behind d scene. re dey d Judas or sun refused recordng dia presence. Naiger, hapy 100 yrs in advance.

  30. Mr Nwosu February 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Amazinging things are begining to happen in nigeria. OH ! Buhari was there, that’s great. Atleast his presence will silence GEJ’s critics who always find fault in every he does. Thank you buhari for your presence. Don’t mind what your political acolytes would say, they don’t matter. It ir we, the electorates, that matter.

  31. Bond Boy February 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    share the fund

  32. HENRY CHUKWULOTAM EZE. February 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    UNITED WE FALL DIVIDED WE STAND, THE FOUNDATION OF NIGERIA STARTED WITH IMPORTED EVIL, THE ONE NIGERIA SLOGAN STARTED WITH THE OGBONI’S, NOW THEY ARE HOPING TO ADVANCE TO ANOTHER LEVEL AFTER HUNDRED YEARS OF EXISTANCE, NIGERIA IS NOT NAMED BY GOD BUT BY A godess from a white continent, THE NAME NIGERIA IS A CURSED NAME, BECOS DAIMOND N’ GOLD ATTRACTS EVIL, SO PEOPLE OF THIS NATION PRAY HARD TO BREAK FREE FROM THE DOOM COMING AHEAD, UNTIL WE ARE FREE NEVER WE THINK ALL WILL GET BETTER DOMINION IS 4 WARRIORS DOOMED IS 4 WORRIERS THANK U.

  33. Vybz Kartel February 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I sorry for nigeria

  34. ken2009midas February 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    This, indeed. is the spirit of the new Nigeria. God bless the President!!! God bless Nigeria!!!

  35. nzogbonzogbu February 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    My brother, anyim pius anyim should watch it..they may use this celebration to sack him if he is not careful. whether private sponsor or nor try and live above board..avoid enriching yourself..God has blessed u already. Good name is better than riches.

  36. Amo February 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Gej, shine ur eye, buhari d kila is on d move. Dat wz hw he silence okadigbo at a raly. He has Talism wit him. Na nomad

  37. Williams February 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    GOOD BYE NAIJA

  38. PRINCE JIMMY February 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    NIGERIA IS DEAD. THIS CELEBRATION IS CELEBRATION OF STUPIDITY. ALL THOSE AT THAT PLACE ARE THIEVES AND CRIMINALS. THERE IS NOTHING TO CELEBRATE IN NIGERIA. THE TRUTH IS THAT NIGERIA HAS EXPIRED AND WILL SOON BE NO MORE.

  39. Bioseh February 6, 2013 at 12:02 am

    This centenary celebration is a veiled distraction by these folks . They don’t want to talk about the 100 year opt out clause in the amalgamation document.

    They like the status quo and benefit from it. Nigerians should insist on having a national dialogue on ways to stop the constant bloodletting.

    The Boko Haram and people who support them should be allowed to have the space they need to practice Sharia. Every group should have some level of autonomy, so that each can develop at their own pace or better still, any group that wants out should be allowed to peacefully exit the union.

    The Igbo are tired of burying their sons and daughters who are slaughtered regularly and discriminated against by other Nigerians. We either have a country or we don’t. There is no need carrying on as if the country has been doing well, without addressing the national question.

    It is time to ask Nigerians to let any group that wants to exit to do so. If we must stay together, every group must resolve to respect and protect the lives and property of other Nigerians.

    Please folks do not be hoodwinked by this wicked and deceitful pretext at national cohesion and unity. It is nothing but a big lie.

  40. Comissioner February 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I love this nation and all the people in it,am so surprised at the people abusing Buhari,what has he done to deserve all that from you people?Critising someone who dosen‘t even have a house in Abuja.He was there,is it bad?Is he not a Nigerian?Keep on critising him and stop callig yourselves Christians or stop it and be true Christians,what‘s wrong with you people?Mr Emmanuel Ben,I so much love your maturity,keep being positive,you are a real Man.

  41. Oduduwa February 6, 2013 at 1:07 am

    God saves us from this clueless Jungle called Nigeria. How many Nigerians have died but these Indicisive leaders are not talking it and all they care for is how to throw party to enjoying themselves. I pray that revolution that happened in North Africa should happen in Nigeria. AMEN Oooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  42. Okon February 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Igbo will form national govt on 20th feb, 2013. While nigeria is celebrating disintergration in 2014-2015. Wonder shall never end!

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