World Leaders Showers Encomium On Nigeria In Centenary Celebration

9jaWorld leaders on thursday showered encomiums on Nigeria during the country’s centenary celebration that took place on thursday .

Recall that  more than 12 Heads of State arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Wednesday ahead of the celebration.

Amongs those present werePresidents Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibi; Paul Kagame of Rwanda; Yahya Jammeh of Gambia and Prosper Bazombaza of Burundi,President Helen Sirleaf of Liberia and the former Secretary-General of Organisation for African Union, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, who led the Tanzanian delegation,President of Mauritania, Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz; Ethiopian President, Mr. Hailemarian Desalegh; and the European Union President, Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso.

The Zambian Minister of Defence, Mr. Edgar Lungu, represented the Zambian President, Micheal Saata. Israel is also being represented by its Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Yair Shamir.

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

The Zambian Minister of Defence, Mr. Edgar Lungu, will represent the Zambian President, Micheal Saata. Israel is also being represented by its Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Yair Shamir.

The swiss president in his  message to Nigeria wrote “May the ties of confidence and friendship which so happily exist between our two countries continue to flourish in the coming centenary,’’ the Swiss president wrote.

The major highlight of the week-long activities includes an international conference on peace and security in Africa on Thursday to be attended by several world leaders.

The British colonial authorities had on January 1, 1914 amalgamated what were then the separate protectorates of Southern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria.

The amalgamation gave birth to the single geo-political entity known as Nigeria.

The celebrations also featuredthe conferment of honours on 100 Nigerians, with about 40 per cent of the awards  presented posthumously.

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