From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

President Koroma and More than 50 Past & Present Presidents and Heads of State and Governments Celebrates Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee
By Pasco Temple & Razia Bash-Kamara
Oct 1, 2010, 17:32

More than Fifty Past and Present Presidents, and Heads of States of Governments including Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma are in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to join their colleague and brother Nigeria’s President Good luck Ebele Jonathan, the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in celebrating the Country’s fifty years independence anniversary.

Nigeria attained Independence on October 1st 1960 from Britain, and the Government of the Feral Republic of Nigeria had promised to celebrate the golden jubilee in a grand- style.

On arrival at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport today September 30th, President Ernest Bai Koroma and delegation including First Lady Mrs Sia Nyama Koroma, Mineral Resources Minister Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Brigadier K.S. Mondeh and Mrs Musu Dao were warmly received by Hon. Minister of water Resources Chief Obadiah Ando, other Nigerian Government officials and Sierra Leone High Commission officials.

President Ernest Bai Koroma receiving a bouquet of flowers on arrival from a young girl.

Permission was sought from President Ernest Bai Koroma by a parade commander, before being  led to a saluting daze, for the National Anthems of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Sierra Leone played by Nigeria’s Military Band: from where he inspected a full Guard of Honour  mounted by Nigeria’s Guards Brigade under the command of Lt –Col. I.O. Olatunji.

Prior to his arrival, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, Namibia’s Sam Nujoma, and other past presidents of South, East and West Africa had arrived on Wednesday and Early Thursday respectively.

Other guests from Europe including the Duke of Gloucester, representatives of France, Germany, Belgium and the United States had also arrived in the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the Golden Jubilee.

President Koroma also met Representatives from Asia including Prime Minister of Thailand; Representatives from China, India, Korea etc had also arrived Thursday to join the People and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to celebrate the golden jubilee.

From Left: Nigeria's Water Resources Minister Chief Obadiah Ando, First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma, President Ernest Bai Koroma at the foot of the plane on arrival

First Lady Mrs. Koroma and Mines Minister Alpha Kanu followed by State Chief of Protocol Alusine Sesay

President Koroma at the Saluting Dais, taking Salute.

Coinciding with President Koroma’s arrival in the Federal Republic of Nigeria are President Theodore Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, Tchad’s President Idris Debby, Saharawi’s President, Zambia’s delegation and Benin’s President.

Pasco Gerald Temple(Information Attaché)  &
Razia Bash Kamara (State House Press Officer)
Sierra Leone High Commission,
Abuja, Nigeria,
30th September, 2010

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