Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, since 1977 often held on the second Monday in March.
In Nigeria, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has called for the promotion of unity, love, peace and prosperity among the 55 commonwealth nations.
Mallam, Adamu stated this in Abuja in his remarks at the celebration of the 2023 commonwealth day with the theme “Forging a Sustainable Peaceful and Common Future”
He said, “as we celebrate this Day, it is important we remind ourselves that the prosperity, peace and security of our country is a collective responsibility and requires our mutual commitment and perseverance. Therefore, the commemoration of the year 2023 Commonwealth Day in Nigeria is a re-awakening call that the promotion of unity, love, peace and prosperity is the foundation of development for our country in particular and the body of commonwealth nations in general”.
Adamu added that the existence of peace in any space of human aggregation or nation translates to progress, wealth and tranquility. It enhances positive outcomes in trade, investment, human rights, democratic governance, quality education, digitized learning and most importantly entrenches equity and equality, which in Nigeria and most Commonwealth means empowerment of youths, women and the girl-child.
King Charles III in his Commonwealth Day Message informed that, this week marked the tenth anniversary of the Charter of the Commonwealth, “which gives expression to our defining values – peace and justice; tolerance, respect and solidarity; care for our environment, and for the most vulnerable among us”.
He noted that, whether on climate change and biodiversity loss, youth opportunity and education, global health, or economic co-operation, the Commonwealth could play an indispensable role in the most pressing issues of our time.
Furthermore, the King averred that, the Commonwealth had an incredible opportunity, and responsibility, to create a genuinely durable future-one that offers the kind of prosperity that is in harmony with Nature and that will also secure our unique and only planet for generations to come.
“Let ours be a Commonwealth that not only stands together, but strives together, in restless and practical pursuit of the global common good”, he said.
On his part, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada said over the years, Nigeria had made remarkable contributions to the success of common wealth programs and activities adding that the country looks forward to playing active roles in common wealth climate resilience, environment programs.
Writing by Daniel Adejo