By Salifu Usman, Abuja
Over 250 members of the IBB International Golf and country Club, Ghanaian golfers from Achimota Golf Club in Accra, Ghana, members of the diplomatic corps as well as other invited guests, Monday commemorated Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day anniversary with an 18-hole golf tournament at IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.
The captain of IBB Club, Sunday Ameh (SAN), led other participating guests to tee-off a commemorative one day event on both the front and back in order to avoid slow play due to the large turnout of golfers for the annual tournament held in good sunny weather, yesterday.
Speaking on the significance of the annual championship, Ameh said Nigerians have every reason to celebrate 57 Independence Day anniversary of Nigeria because it was the culmination of the dreams and struggles of the nation’s founding fathers for Nigerians to forever remain united and in complete control of their affairs.
Ameh, who described IBB International Golf and Country club as a microscopy of Nigeria with convergence of all tribes, religious and political believes, said the event which is a major item in the Club’s calendar is to remembering the ideology and struggle of the country’s founding father.
“The essence is to celebrate Nigeria’s 57 Independence anniversary and it also a means of going back memory lane to remember our founding fathers for their struggle in free us from colonial rule, and their believes in the unity of this country.
“IBB Club is a Mini-Nigeria where you can see convergence of every tribe, religious and political affiliation. And if we can come here to work, play, network and crack jokes together without any problem, then, there is no reason why we can live peacefully together as a nation.
“We are proud to be Nigerians and in our own little way as a club, we are putting the tournament together to celebrate Nigeria,” Ameh said.
Speaking in the same vein, vice president Lady Golfers Association of Nigeria (LGAN), Ekanem Ekwueme, said Nigeria deserve to be celebrate because despite the myriads of challenges, the country has made some giant strides in its march towards greatness.
She called on Nigerians to work for and believe in Nigeria’s unity and peaceful coexistence as means for attaining and sustaining growth.