Pretoria: Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is in Abuja, Nigeria, to attend the centenary celebrations of the amalgamation of southern and northern Nigeria.
Motlanthe joins at least 28 other world leaders who are expected in the capital for the celebrations designed to reflect the key concepts of unity, indivisibility, virility, progress, and promise of the Nigerian federation.
On 1 January 1914, the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria were formally amalgamated into one country by Sir Lord Lugard, a Briton, who was then the colonial administrator.
1 January 2014 marked the centenary of the union of the two protectorates, which later gave birth to the country now known as Nigeria.
Cabinet, in their first meeting of the year last week, congratulated Nigeria on this milestone event, which takes place in the same year as South Africa celebrates 20 Years of Freedom.
SOURCE: South African Official News