Nigeria is celebrating its 58th Independence Day today and there have been celebrations across the many states in the country.
Most notable of all is the National Celebration in Abuja where President Buhari was joined by other top dignitaries to commemorate the nation’s independence.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, alongside former military leaders: Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.) attend the 58th Independence Day Celebration Parade with the Theme: Harnessing Our Diversity for National Development, held at the Eagle Square Three Arms Zone, Abuja.
The President while addressing the nation earlier in the day had advised that Nigerians should make judicial use of social media and desist from the spread of provocative news and stories that may spark national tension.
“Fellow Nigerians, now we have in our hands technology that is a powerful tool that we can and should use for knowledge and understanding. As with other countries, we must also learn how to manage those tendencies that, instead, look to abuse new technologies to provoke passions and stir tensions.
“Never before have we faced such a challenge. We must all rise to the responsibility of shutting out those disruptive and corrosive forces that hide in today’s world of social media.
“We need critical minds and independent thinking, to question and question until we are satisfied we have the facts. Otherwise, all the progress we have made as a democracy since 1999 is at stake.”
See photos from the event below;