By NBF News

President Goodluck Jonathan has unveiled Nigeria's 50th Independence Anniversary logo, signalling the preparation for the grand ceremony on October 1.

Unveiling the logo at a dinner on Tuesday, Jonathan said the ceremony brought to memory the vision of the nation's founding fathers, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

'We remember our founding fathers who fought tirelessly for what we are enjoying today.

'They did not labour in vain. Through their efforts Nigeria gained independence in 1960,' he said.

He said the anniversary was a celebration of peace, life, determination and ability to remain as a nation in spite of all odds.

'We have striven above political and economic tussles as well as our cultural differences.

'We have had our shares of ups and downs but surmounted them with the indomitable Nigerian spirit,' he said.

The president said the logo would serve as Nigeria's image at home and abroad and would also be used in the re-branding project.

Earlier, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, had said that the anniversary would be jointly celebrated by both the public and private sectors.

He announced an advertising company, JWT Nig. Ltd, as the winner of the logo competition.

NAN reports that the ceremony was attended by some former Heads of State and Government, including, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Chief Ernest Shonekan.