Gowon, Jonathan attend low-key 60th anniversary at Eagle Square

Yakubu Gowon, Goodluck Jonathan at Eagle Square

Former Head of State Yakubu Gowon and former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday attended Nigeria’s 60th independence celebration at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

The low-key event was held strictly in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the celebration. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was also in attendance.

Buhari who was accompanied by his wife Aisha inspected the quarter guards before marching to the state box to receive the national salute which was followed by the rendition of the National Anthem.

The Armed Forces and para-military agencies performed a colourful independence parade while the Nigerian Air Force organised fly-past displays to commemorate 60th anniversary.

Other dignitaries at the event included Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Chief Justice of the Federation Tanko Mohammed.

Others were the service chiefs, top government functionaries and members of the diplomatic corps.

Buhari had earlier addressed the nation via televised broadcast.

During the broadcast, he said Nigerians must collectively resolve to continue their journey beyond 60 years on the understanding that the entity would be more beneficial to every citizen as one.

“Let us collectively resolve to continue our journey beyond the 60 years on the clear understanding that as a nation we are greater together than being smaller units of nationalities,” he said.

“By the sufficient grace of God we shall come through current transient challenges.”