The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, was a guest at the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Niger on 18th December 1958, the date the African country was founded. It gained independence in 1960.
In 2018, the Niamey Government chose the region of Zinder Sabuoa, located more than 900 kilometres from the capital, as the setting for the solemn ceremony at which the president, H. E. Mahamadou Issuofu, was supported by his counterparts: H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Faure Esosima A�asimbe, from Togo, and H.E. Mamadou Buari, from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The ceremony began with the national anthem, followed by the decoration of figures who provided their contribution to national development: politicians, actors and actresses, journalists, and chiefs from the Armed Forces, among others.
During another moment, the guests, from nations with which Niger has diplomatic and friendly relations, witnessed a large military and popular parade, to commemorate this historic anniversary.
The Government in Niger has been celebrating this day in the various regions of the country since 2011, within the framework of the programme drawn up by President Issoufu, known as “Niger’s rebirth”, which covers the implementation of various infrastructure projects and spreads a fresh image of the regions.
Currently, the Republic of Niger has over 19 million inhabitants, and the region of Zinder Saboua, a city emblematic of the economic, social and cultural modernisation in the country, was the first capital in the 1911-1926 period.
At the end of the great military and popular parade, the host Head of State offered a banquet for his counterparts to celebrate his 76th anniversary.
On their return to Equatorial Guinea on the 18th, the Head of State and Government and his entourage were seen of at Zinder Saboua regional airport by the President, H. E. Mahamadou Issoufu.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office