On Tuesday, the Ogun State government announced that it will not be commemorating the 63rd Independence Day as originally planned on October 1st.

This was in line with the federal government’s request for a low-key celebration this year, according to a statement from the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi.

The Federal Government’s decision to hold a low-key celebration, according to the statement, was made to reflect the mood of the country. The government urged residents of the state to use the occasion to formally pray for the nation.

The statement says, in part, that “Following the instruction of the Federal Government that this year’s Independence Day Ceremony should be quiet, the Ogun State Government has postponed all plans in anticipation of the anniversary on October 1st, 2023.”

“The federal government’s choice reflects the general feeling of the country. The state administration encourages residents to formally pray for the nation during this time.

“The government, led by Governor Dapo Abiodun, firmly believes that God will respond to the prayers of the people at this momentous time.

As we celebrate a low-key independence celebration this year, we say, “We seek the understanding and cooperation of all and sundry, believing that better times lie ahead of us as a people.”