President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Abuja presided over the celebration of Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary with former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and different personalities in attendance.
The low-key occasion, which happened on the fore-court docket of the Presidential Villa, was Buhari’s second independence celebration since he took over the management of the nation on Could 29, final 12 months.
President Buhari, who appeared in white conventional attires of Babbar Riga with a white cap, inspected the quarter guards earlier than marching to the Presidential Villa forecourt to obtain nationwide salute
The nationwide salute was adopted by rendition of the Nationwide Anthem.
The Christian prayers had been provided by the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, Israel Akonji.
The Deputy Chief Imam of the Nationwide Mosque, Prof. Taofeeq Abdulazeez, provided the Muslim prayers.
The occasion witnessed the inspection of latest Guard/Quarter guard, silent drills, posting of sentries and color, whereas weapons and uniforms had been inspected to make sure conformity with army requirements by the Commander, Brigade of Guards, Brig.-Gen. Musa Yusuf.
After the ceremony, Buhari signed the anniversary register and launched fifty six pigeons from a cage.
President Buhari, assisted by Vice President Osinbajo; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, and a few prime dignitaries, lower the anniversary cake.
Dignitaries on the ceremony embody, former Chief of Employees Supreme Headquarters, retired Gen. Oladipo Diya; APC Nationwide Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun; and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.
Others have been; the Service Chiefs, high authorities functionaries and members of the diplomatic corps.
Chatting with State Home correspondents after the ceremony, Senate President Bukola Saraki expressed confidence that the nation’s economic system would bounce again.
He stated that the Nationwide Meeting has already despatched a 20-level agenda to the chief to assist Nigeria come out of recession.
He added that NASS had began implementing 4 factors of the agenda.
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