In what has been described as a celebration of friendship, spirit of unity and achievements of the Commonwealth, especially during the pandemic year, the Queen of England and other leaders within 53 member States of the Commonwealth have continued to pay tribute to the way in which nations within the Commonwealth have come together in response to the pandemic.
In her broadcast to celebrate 2021 Commonwealth Day, which coincidentally falls on same day as International Women’s Day, the Queen spoke about the past year of the pandemic, as she noted that “stirring examples of courage, commitment, and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the frontline who have been delivering healthcare and other public services in their communities’’.
Similarly, at an event to mark the World Commonwealth Day in Nigeria, which was attended by different stakeholders, including Ministers, international organizations and other stake holders, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr GeofferyOnyeama emphasized the need for enhanced cooperation towards attainment of the shared Commonwealth goals in spite of celebrating amidst prevailing global health and social challenges.
He underscored the significance of this year’s theme “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating and Transforming”, which he noted, illustrates the practical value and global engagement required for the realization of the Commonwealth aspirations.
Mr.Onyeama, said “as we mark this year’s celebration, we recount our partnership with member states which has grown in leaps and bounds as evident in support for civil societies’ drive for good governance in member states. We therefore, reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to the values of this noble organization and reiterate our dedication to multilateralism and the rules-based international system”.
On his part, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to the elimination of the out-of-school children syndrome in line with the ideals of the Commonwealth with Nations. Adamu in his speech said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has achieved a significant milestone in the nine priority areas of focus, to ensure the delivery of dividends of democracy.
As member states celebrate 2021 Commonwealth Day and look forward to CHOGM in a few months time, there is renewed discussion amongst international observers that the body should continue to promote trade, democratic principles, education, women, and youth empowerment.