Saxophonist, Mike Aremu’s second single this year titled ‘Nigeria Fiful’, is currently generating buzz on his fan base and the release is right on time for the nation’s 57th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
Speaking with Entertainment News on Channels Television, Aremu explains that Nigeria’s Independence Day was the right time to release the song, as it portrays the need for unity in Nigeria.
“The song was inspired by the need of Nigeria to be one, I wrote this song three years ago and it was me thinking about Nigeria and I didn’t even think that this time there would be talks of every group wanting to go their way.
“I thought this is the very right time to release the song and it also inspired by the fact that I grew up in the north and that means I have experienced the life in the north before, all of this Boko-Haram together influenced my writing this song.”
Speaking on his plans for the song, he disclosed that he is working on the music video which will be out soon.
“I have a video which is being animated, there is a video coming out which has a very interesting storyline, the storyline is just telling us that if anything bad or evil happens, the most affected are the women, children and the poor people. That is what the video is trying to portray, ‘Nigeria Fiful’ is definitely coming in the season of Nigeria Independence.”
That is what the video is trying to portray, ‘Nigeria Fitful’ is definitely coming in the season of Nigeria’s Independence.”
In commemoration of Nigeria’s Independence Day, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and wife, Olufunso Amosun, have joined other Nigerians at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, the state capital.
It was an atmosphere of celebration, as school students, artisans and members of different groups from the state participated in a march past.
Addressing the gathering, the governor expressed confidence that the federal government is capable of finding solutions to the current economic challenges being faced by the country.
He therefore urged Nigerians to be patient and support the current efforts of revamping the challenges.
A leadership consultant, Mr Adetokunbo Obayan, has stressed the need for Nigerian leaders to go beyond making promises to connecting with the followers by ensuring that they have a say in how they are governed.
Mr Obayan’s statement is his opinion about the promise by President Goodluck Jonathan in an Independence Day speech that he will fulfil all promises he has made to Nigerians.
The leadership consultant told Channels Television that Nigerian leaders should move from a “patriarchal mode, where they feel feel they control power to help Nigerians, to a mode where they will see themselves as people that need others to move to where the nation should be”.
“I have come to a conclusion that we seem to think that what we say is more important than what we get.
“Outside there, there seem to be a belief in Nigeria which I have observed, especially Nigerians in position of authority, that we are not allowed to say negative things and we are not allowed to say where we have fallen.
“The president said he will keep his promises and I am trying to think, how many promises will he keep in the next seven months and by the time he wins another election, it is another sect of promises we are looking at. When you begin to look at the gap between those promises, we are still where we are.
“We are having too much of spin and sound bytes that make things sound nice,” he said.
According to him, as much as the speech is important, the factor that makes an address meaningful, which is the credibility of the statement, should be considered as well.
“As much as we need to sustain hope, we also need to do is to create a platform that says, this how we are getting there, this is what I am hoping to do together with you fundamentally.
“We have a problem in Nigeria where people assume that the man at the top has all the powers to make the changes that the nation needs.
“If the man at the top is able to mobilise the entire people to move with him to move in a direction, we have a greater chance of achieving what we want to achieve,” Mr Obayan stated.
He further stressed the need for a level playing field to be infused in the electoral process, as it would help ensure that Nigerians have a say in governance, a situation he described as the “best opportunity that democracy provides”.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has rolled out activities for this year’s Independence Day celebrations that will hold on October 1.
At the Wednesday Federal Executive Council Meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo, members looked at the activities’ schedule aimed at making the 54th Independence Day celebration a remarkable and successful one.
The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, told reporters after the council meeting that this year’s activities would begin with Jumat prayers at the national mosque on Friday followed by an anniversary church service on Sunday at the Christian Ecumenical Centre Abuja.
The President, Goodluck Jonathan, who is currently in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, will address the nation in a national broadcast on Wednesday morning.
Mr Maku said that after the broadcast, the ceremonial change of guards will hold at the Presidential Villa followed by anniversary banquet at the Presidential Banquet Hall.
He stressed that Nigeria had every reason to celebrate, having experienced 15 years of nu-interrupted democratic process.
Every year, on October 1, Nigeria marks its Independence Day, in commemoration of the nations freedom from its colonial masters, Britain, in October 1, 1960.