Nigerians in Sierra Leone on Wednesday 1st October celebrated their nation’s 48th Independence Anniversary in grand style, painting the streets of Freetown with their national colours.
The occasion started with a float parade from the Nigerian High Commission’s Office at Siaka Stevens Street, to the Family Kingdom Complex, at Aberdeen in Freetown where it was climaxed by a gala night.
Guests in lustrous outfit cramped the Family Kingdom Hall, which was elegantly decorated with Nigeria’s national colours. The elegant display of Nigerian culture which was being showcased also mesmerized the guests.
Newly-appointed Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Godson Echegile in his opening statement noted that the ceremony symbolizes two things, first, “it is a renewal of our pledge that Nigerians living in Sierra Leone would live in accordance with the law of the land, and secondly it is to revamp our long historical friendship with Sierra Leone”. he said.
Ambassador Echegile in his forward statement at the Anniversary Brochure: ‘the giant @ 48’ states, “the high level of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Sierra Leone has been widely acknowledged.”
“Let me avail this opportunity to appeal to our compatriots to be ever mindful of their responsibility to tread the orthodox path of legality in out host country. We should abhor any negative activities that hold aloft the possibility of our country and its people being cast in unsavory perspective,” the Ambassador appealed.
Speaking with, His Royal Highness, Igwe Chief Dr Nathaniel Barry Nwosu Eze Nadigbo Gburugburu about the celebration, he explained that the anniversary on Wednesday was a wonderful and a special one.
The Nigerian Chief who has spent eighteen (18) years in Sierra Leone explained that the float parade is an exercise meant to create awareness for people to see Nigerians and know what they are capable of doing. “That was why we matched from Nigeria House at the center of Freetown to Aberdeen in the west,” he said.
He appealed to Sierra Leoneans to change their perception about Nigerians, noting that with the appointment of the new Ambassador the few unscrupulous in their mist would surely be routed out.