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Centenary: African leaders commend Nigeria’s role in Africa

African leaders on Thursday in Abuja commended Nigeria’s role in providing leadership for the African continent as the country marked its 100 years of existence.

The leaders who spoke at the Nigeria’s centenary lecture titled “Human Security, Peace and Development: Agenda for 21st Century in Africa”, were unanimous in their commendation for Nigeria.
President of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba, said: “We salute the tenacity, the solidarity and commitment to peace that Nigeria has demonstrated in the peacekeeping operations”.

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia said that Nigeria had invested human, financial and material resources to bind the continent together.
Jammeh, who earned a standing ovation for his eulogy of Nigeria’s qualities of providing opportunities and continued leadership role, said Nigeria held the key to the continued relevance of the continent on the global map.
He noted the challenges that the country had survived in the last 100 years and said Nigeria had better opportunities as one united entity.

In her goodwill message, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia particularly commended Nigeria’s role in restoring peace, security and enthroning democracy in her country.
President Joyce Banda of Malawi was also full of praises for Nigeria for its commitment to peace, security and the development of the continent.

Banda expressed confidence in the ability of Nigeria to realize its greatness in spite of the security challenges.
In his goodwill message, the President of Arab Saharawi Democratic Republc, Mohammed Abdelaziz, congratulated Nigeria for surviving 100 years of nationhood.

Abdelaziz, whose country’s Independence Day celebration was Thursday, had marked the day on Wednesday to enable him to attend Nigeria’s centenary celebration.

All the African leaders and their Western counterparts were unanimous in their condemnation of the recent killing of students in Yobe and pledged their continued friendship and solidarity with Nigeria.

Events to commemorate Nation’s Centenary begin today

Official events lined up to formally commemorate the Nation’s Centenary begin this morning in Abuja with an International Conference, which is expected to be attended by many foreign dignitaries.

The Conference with the theme "Human Security, Peace and Development Agenda for 21st Century Africa", is to set an agenda for peace in Africa anchored on human security.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, the theme became necessary in view of the imperative of peace to the development of the continent.
Six Special Guests of Honour are expected to deliver lectures on various topics related to the theme of the conference.

The event is also expected to be attended by former and current world leaders as well as some serving African Heads of Government.

Centenary: Over 20 African Heads of State in Nigeria

Over 20 Heads of State have converged in the International Conference Center Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, to commemorate Nigeria’s 100 years of existence, beginning with an international conference on: Human Security, Peace and Development.

Some of the leaders present were President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia and Prosper Bazombaza of Burundi.

Liberian President, Helen Sirleaf and the former Secretary-General of OAU, Dr Salim Ahmed Salim who led the Tanzanian delegation, were also in for the celebration.

Also in Abuja were the President of Mauritania, Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, Ethiopian President, Mr Hailemarian Desalegh, and the European Union President, Mr Jose Manuel Barroso, and many others.

Presenting the lead paper, President Goodluck Jonathan, while highlighting the economic growth in the continent, told the
world leaders present, that there was a need for collaboration in the fight against terrorism, which is a global threat to development.

The President told his guests that world leaders must strengthen existing mechanism for national and international conflict management.

Citing the recent attack on students in Yobe State, President Jonathan said that the Federal Government would spare no funds in its resolve to bring the perpetuators to justice.

The theme of Nigeria’s centenary celebrations is designed around the key concepts of unity, indivisibility, virility, progress, and promise of the Nigerian Federation.

ICAN describes Centenary Posthumous Awards as commendable

A former Chairman of the Abuja District of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Mr. Fred Okonta has described the Centenary Post Humus Awards for the country’s past leaders as commendable.

Speaking with Radio Nigeria in Abuja, Mr. Okonta noted that recognizing the nation’s foremost Accounting Profession ICON,
Mr. Akintola Williams as one of the awardees was a rare Honour greatly appreciated by Professional Accountants in the country.

He also noted that all the one hundred personalities listed for the awards deserved the honour.
Mr. Fred Okonta, however, pointed out that names of some important Nigerians that laboured for the unity of the former Mid-West region were missing.

Enugu Govt launches centenary postage stamp

The Enugu State Government has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with relevant agencies to drive the transformation agenda of the State.
Governor Sullivan Chime stated this at the launching of a commemorative postage stamp of Enugu Centenary.
Radio Nigeria correspondent reports that the theme of the event is “Great Past, Glorious Future”.

Unveiling the postage stamp in Enugu, Gov. Sullivan Chime said the stamp would serve as a concrete and indelible monument as well as promote the heritage, endowment and the investment potentials of the state.

He commended NIPOST for its partnership towards making the stamp a reality, adding that the state would encourage meaningful ideas and initiatives to bring about transformation.

Speaking at the occasion, Sen. Gil Nnaji, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Communication, said the launch of the stamp came at the right time when the postal bill was receiving legislative intervention.
Nnaji called on businessmen and women, legal practitioners and citizens to always purchase the stamp when necessary.

The Postmaster-General, Malam Ibrahim Baba, commended Enugu for being the first state to launch a centenary stamp.
Baba expressed the optimism that the stamp will open up the state to the world and make it a tourism destination.
Baba, represented by the Deputy Postmaster-General, Mr. Leonard Nwankwo, said that stamps were the most effective and significant medium of immortalising monuments.

Baba assured the people that the stamp would be sold in all NIPOST offices both home and abroad at the sum of N50.
Enugu city, which owes its geopolitical significance to the discovery of coal in 1909 by a team of British geologists, marked 100 years in 1999.

28 Heads of Government for Nigeria’s centenary celebration

Nigeria’s unity in diversity is to be showcased next week as the nation enters the celebrative stage of her centenary.

Twenty-eight Heads of States and government are being expected for the milestone event which will also feature an international presentation agenda.

Radio Nigeria State House correspondent reports that due to the high profile of the event, the Federal Government says the private sector will be footing the bill.


As Nigeria takes stock of the gains and pains of colonial influence following the amalgamation of 1st January 1914.
Radio Nigeria Correspondent  looks at its effect on the people of the Eastern part of the country and the departure of the colonial masters a century after.......Click to listen

Also Radio Nigeria Correspondent traced some of the key events that precipitated the Nigerian Civil War and its impact on National Development......Click to listen


Radio Nigeria Correspondent spoke to a cross section of respondents in Yenagoa,that the panacea to some of the challenges of nation building rests on public office holders and to ensure that they render selfless service to the people.....Click to listen


The fall of the ancient Benin Kingdom in 1897 and the deportation of the then Oba Ovoranmwen of Benin to Calabar marks a watershed in the historical emancipation of Nigeria as a country.
Coincidentally, the warrior king, Oba Ovoranmwen who was deposed by the British forces later died in 1914, the year of Nigeria's amalgamation.

The events have remained indelible in the minds of the people of Benin who are still waiting for the return of their valuable artistic bronze works carted away to other European countries.

In this report, Radio Nigeria Correspondent looks at the Benin Kingdom and the amalgamation of the North and Southern Protectorate, as the nation marks its centennial celebration.......Click to Listen