ABUJA – (Web Content Management Team Report) – The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has on Friday June 7, 2019 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja unveiled the exhibition showcasing the political history of Nigeria as part of events marking the 2019 National Democracy Day Celebration.
In his speech during the unveiling ceremony with the theme: “Unbroken Democracy”, Boss Mustapha iterated that the exercise marks the commencement of seven days activities that will culminate in the attainment of the 2019 National Democracy Day on Wednesday June 12, 2019.
According to the SGF, the content of the exhibition dates back to the memory of the colonial struggles. He added that the event coincides with the 20th anniversary of the beginning of Nigeria ‘s democracy in 1999.
“It presents the history of Nigerian democracy in an interactive form, relaying the experiences of Nigerian politics,” he emphasized.
While thanking all present for their patriotism, he noted that the students present at the event will particularly be enabled firm knowledge of Nigerian political history and leadership.
“Our land and country is rich in knowledge, history and leadership. But oftentimes, this is relegated to the background. The exhibition will re-awaken the consciousness of people to the fact that our country is endowed. It will foster the desire to move this country to greater echelons,” he opined.
Earlier in his welcome address, the former Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed expressed gratitude to all present, indicating that the exhibition of arts, pictures and political landmarks of Nigeria provides evidences on the political history of Nigeria and will help to give insights, educate and awaken the consciousness of citizens towards the nation’s administration.
He insisted that the exhibition will function to provide excerpts on the role of Nigerian leaders in sustaining the democratic tenets of the country.
In his vote of thanks at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary in the State House, Jalal Mohammed Rabiu lauded the exhibitors and participants for their shared patriotism, saying the exhibition will remain indelible in the minds of viewers for a long time.
The exhibition narrator, who is the Director of Archives in the Federal Capital Territory, Cerie Jogai explained to viewers that the “Unbroken Democracy” portrays Nigerian political journey from 1999 till date. Adding, it showcases other leadership strides, including frontline politicians, political developments, the periods of independence and Nigeria as a Republic, the second to the fourth Republic and party formation, the branches of Nigerian Government and social protection programmes.
Other dignitaries present at the event were: the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai (Lt Gen) represented by G. A Melo (Maj Gen) and the Permanent Secretary for the Federal Capital Territory, Ohaa Chinyeaka Christian represented by the Secretary of the Social Development Secretariat of FCDA, Hajiya Safiya Umar.