By Glam & Essence
The tradition of celebrating Independence Day, October 1,will not be the case this year in Osun State.
This was announced in a statement from the office of the state Governor, Ademola Adeleke.
The Independence Day celebration was cancelled due to the unprecedented hardship across the country this year.
Governor Adeleke explained that, rather, the people of the state should celebrate Independence Day with prayers and meditation.
The Governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, who put out the statement on Friday, on behalf of the governor said the people should pray for the continuous peace and prosperity of the country, as this is what is most needed at this time for the country.
“Let us use Independence Day to meditate and pray on the state of our nation. Our people are passing through tough times”, the governor was quoted as saying.
“It is time to take stock and seek divine intervention and guidance in the affairs of our nation. I greet Osun people and Nigerians in general as the Independence Day knocks at our doors.
“Here in Osun, we will celebrate with meditation and prayers.”
This will be the first time since the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 that the governor of Osun State announced the cancellation of the Independence Day celebration.
Despite the cancellation of the celebration in Osun, the nationwide declaration of a public holiday on October 2, is expected to take effect in the state.