Today is October 1st, a special day in Nigeria’s history because it is the day the country gained independence from Great Britain. Already, President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the nation with his message of hope, speaking about good times ahead even as efforts are being made to revamp every aspect of the country, including the economy.
“We are diversifying away from reliance on oil to increased manufacturing capacity, solid minerals development, and agriculture. We are gradually strengthening the economy with a stable Naira and falling inflation rate. We are building an economy that is moving away from over reliance on oil. Consequently we have witnessed massive return to farms and seen bumper harvest, despite recurrent floods across the country.” – President Buhari
President Buhari is not the only person celebrating
Companies operating in the country have joined in on the Independence Day celebration. For example, some voice and internet service providers are giving supposed free data bonuses.
MTN Nigeria let aside its recent troubles to celebrate, offering free data bonus and interacting with customers on what makes them proud to be Nigerians.
In celebrating Independence we’re giving you 200% bonus on all your data subscription today. So, go ahead browse, chat, call, stream, download and do more on the 4GLTE network.#HappyIndependenceDay #0110ThisIsNaija #NigeriaAt58 pic.twitter.com/CGenfqth4g
— MTN Nigeria (@MTNNG) October 1, 2018
Spectranet Limited is also offering some kind of free data bonus.
#GoodpeoplegreatNation…. Share the Joy of Freedom Today with your family and friends with Spectranet…
Click here for Same Day promo where you can get up to 40GB FREE…https://t.co/ER4ssLFOfGpic.twitter.com/X43uQGf29K
— SPECTRANET LIMITED® (@Spectranet_NG) October 1, 2018
Those in the banking sector are also celebrating, simply by tweeting out felicitations. Guaranty Trust Bank simply said “Happy 58th Independence Day!”
Happy 58th Independence Day! pic.twitter.com/dOXq3nOYr4
— Guaranty Trust Bank (@gtbank) October 1, 2018
Diamond Bank Plc did the same thing.
Happy Independence Day celebration from all of us at Diamond Bank. #October1 #1960#Independence #Celebration #BeyondBanking pic.twitter.com/KtIJSK1KlE
— Diamond Bank (@DiamondBankNG) October 1, 2018
Companies in the construction sector are also celebrating. Arbico Plc said, “the labour of our heroes past shall not be in vain.”
Operators in the oil and gas sector are also celebrating. Oando Nigeria Plc tweeted about the Nigerian spirit of resilience.
Today, we celebrate the labours of our heroes past, for we are a great nation and within our DNA resilience forever resides. #HappyIndependenceDay #NigeriaAt58 #October1stpic.twitter.com/9T7PJB3H8G
— Oando PLC (@Oando_PLC) October 1, 2018
Forte Oil used the opportunity to felicitate with their esteemed customers.
Happy 58th birthday to our beloved country!
To our esteemed customers, to every Nigerian, we wish you a Happy Independence Day.#ForteOil #FO pic.twitter.com/k1gD0fSxcY
— Forte Oil Plc (@ForteOilNg) October 1, 2018
In the tech sector, CHAMS Plc and others celebrated.
Happy Independence Day Nigeria !#independenceday#Nigeria#ChamsPLcpic.twitter.com/Yp051JbWNL
— CHAMS Plc (@chams_plc) October 1, 2018
Happy Independence Day Nigeria.
Let’s dare to stay free. pic.twitter.com/menHYrgna5
— CWG Plc (@CWGAfrica) October 1, 2018
In the transport sector, ABC Transport Plc is also celebrating.
From every single one of us at ABC Transport. We wish you a Happy Independence Day. #Independenceday #Nigeriaat58 pic.twitter.com/MB2IdBGG0k
— ABC Transport (@ABCTransportPlc) October 1, 2018
Meanwhile, Fidson Healthcare Plc urged its customers to go through extra mile for Nigeria.
We wish you a fulfilled Independence day that rings in our mind how much we have achieved as a country.
Together, let’s build an indivisible nation that is filled with peace, love and happiness. Let’s make Nigeria great.
Happy Independence Day #GoTheDistanceForNaija #NaijaAt58 pic.twitter.com/fAZMHgqb80
— Fidson HealthcarePLC (@FidsonHealthPLC) October 1, 2018
Nigeria’s population since independence YearPopulation (m)
SOURCE: World Bank#NigeriaAt58 #HappyIndependenceNG #Nairametrics
— Nairametrics (@Nairametrics) October 1, 2018
We wish you a happy 58th Independent Day celebration.