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Campaign On New National Identity Underway Soon—Group

A group, Cabinet X Africa Initiative, says it will partner with the Federal Government to launch a campaign on Nigeria’s new identity.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the campaign will be hinged on the change agenda of the present administration.
Mr Isaac Balami, the Co-Coordinator of the project and President, Cabinet X Africa Initiative, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday.
He said the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, who is also a grand patron of the initiative, would perform the unveiling at the State House Banquet Hall on March 17.
Balami said the initiative would be managed through a project anchored by Cabinet X Africa Initiative in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Gallery of Art.
“Nigeria is about to witness yet another historical moment as the presidency makes to unveil the new phase of the country at a ceremony scheduled to hold at the State House Banquet hall on March 17.
“The new Nigerian identity project will be characterised by a renewed definition of what Nigeria represents in Africa and the world over,’’ he said.
Balami said the initiative was borne out of the zeal to correct the wrong impression held about Nigeria both at home and globally.
According to the co-coordinator, the change mantra of the present government can become most effective only when Nigeria’s global image is projected in the most positive way.
He said the national rebirth programme would be the nucleus through which the present administration’s change mission would be accomplished.
Balami said the unveiling of a gigantic national portrait would be the high-point of the new Nigeria project initiative.
He said the portrait, which would be the symbol of the new national identity initiative, was designed and produced by 37 artistes from 36 states and the FCT.
“The Rebirth Art piece is designed to strengthen the bond within us as Nigerians and fortify the cord of unity across Nigeria.
“It has also gone down in history that this is the first time 37 artistes from 36 states and FCT came together to paint one national portrait on one giant canvas within the period of 90 days at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.
“The national portrait was creatively put together with the supervision of the National Gallery of Art and other related bodies.
“The portrait, after the unveiling, will be taken on a world tour, aimed at unveiling the face of new Nigeria to the rest of the world,’’ he said.
He said the core objectives of the global tour would be to display the Nigeria rebirth art piece which would serve as one of the vehicles of the Nigerian Dream.
Balami said the world tour would not only project the image of Nigeria internationally but would create a veritable platform for investors to explore opportunities in the country.
”The tour is also a measure to restore the hope and faith of Nigerians in the Diaspora to bring back home their expertise and knowledge toward building the New Nigeria of our collective dream.
“We will also collect the thumb prints and signatures of over 10 million Nigerians in the Diaspora, those of friends of Nigeria and development partners as a sign of their commitment to the new Nigeria project.
”We hope to conclude our national and international art tour on or before Oct. 1 before handing over the monument to President Muhammadu Buhari on Independence Day,’’ he said. (NAN)

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