Osun State Governor Cancels Independence Day Celebration Amid Hardships

Independence Day Celebration Cancelled in Osun State

In a surprising move, the Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has announced the cancellation of the Independence Day celebration scheduled for October 1, 2023.

This decision comes in response to the significant hardships that have plagued the nation throughout the year.

Governor’s Concern for Unprecedented Hardship

Governor Adeleke, who assumed office after being elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2022, expressed deep concern for the unprecedented hardship faced by Nigerians in the current year.

In light of these challenges, he has chosen to forego the traditional celebrations.

A Call for Reflection and Prayer

In an official statement released by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, Governor Adeleke called on the people of Osun State to mark Independence Day with a different approach.

Instead of festivities, he urged citizens to engage in prayer and meditation.

Seeking Divine Intervention

The governor emphasized the importance of using Independence Day as a time for reflection and seeking divine intervention.

He noted the difficult circumstances faced by the people and the nation as a whole, emphasizing the need to take stock and pray for peace and prosperity.

A Departure from Tradition

This decision represents a significant departure from tradition in Osun State. Since the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, Independence Day celebrations have been a staple in the state’s calendar.

However, this year marks a departure from the norm as the governor prioritizes reflection and prayer over festivities.

National Public Holiday Remains

Despite the cancellation of the Independence Day celebration in Osun State, the nationwide declaration of a public holiday on October 2, 2023, is expected to take effect in the state.

This means that while official celebrations are called off, residents of Osun State will still observe the public holiday as designated by the federal government.