As Nigeria, the giant of the African continent and one of the most populous black nations in the world, prepares to mark its 63rd independence anniversary on October 1, 2023, the government of Cross River State is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring a memorable celebration. The vibrant state is set to host a series of events that promise to capture the spirit of unity and patriotism.
In a press release issued by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Erasmus Ekpang, on Thursday, September 28, 2023, the schedule of activities for the Cross River State’s celebration was unveiled.
The festivities will kick off on Friday, September 29, 2023, with Muslim ju’mat prayers taking place at the Navy Barracks Mosque along IBB Way, Calabar, starting at 2 pm. This inclusive gesture reflects the state’s commitment to recognizing and celebrating its religious diversity.
The religious harmony continues with an Interdenominational Christian Church Service scheduled for Sunday, October 1, 2023. The service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Hope Waddell Parish, Calabar, starting at 10:00 a.m. This service is expected to bring together people of various Christian denominations in an atmosphere of prayer, reflection, and thanksgiving.
The pinnacle of the celebration in Cross River State will take place on Monday, October 2, 2023, at the Main Bowl of the U.J Esuene Stadium. A ceremonial parade, featuring the Nigeria Police Force, Cross River Command, and various paramilitary organizations, will commence at 10 am. This display of discipline and patriotism promises to be a sight to behold.
Following the parade, His Excellency, Governor Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu, will lead the cutting of the 63rd Independence Anniversary Cake. This symbolic act signifies the state’s commitment to progress and unity as Nigeria marks another year of its post-colonial journey.
The government of Cross River State has extended a warm invitation to various dignitaries and members of the public to participate in this historic celebration. Among the invited guests are the Deputy Governor, Speaker, and members of the Cross River State House of Assembly, the State Chief Judge, members of the State Executive Council, and religious leaders. Also included are representatives from the diplomatic community, captains of industries, traditional rulers, senior civil servants, and leaders of political parties.
This celebration promises to be an opportunity for citizens and residents of Cross River State to join hands in commemorating Nigeria’s independence and renewing their commitment to the unity, progress, and prosperity of the nation.
As the countdown to October 1st continues, Cross River State stands ready to host a memorable 63rd independence anniversary, showcasing the rich cultural diversity and unity that defines the Nigerian spirit.