President Muhammadu Buhari joined hundreds of dignitaries to commemorate the 59th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence on the esplanade of the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the event was the first celebration of independence in the second term of the Buhari administration.
Buhari, who appeared in a traditional blue outfit with a matching blue cap, inspected a guard room before heading to the esplanade of the presidential village to receive the national greeting.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The greeting was followed by interpretations of the national anthem, the staging of the behavior of the changing of the guard, parade, silent simulation, and special exhibitions. The ceremony was followed by band exhibits and greeting of 21 weapons and inspection of the room guard.
There was also a presidential change of guard from the 177th Battalion of the Guard to the 7th Battalion of the Guard Brigade. Buhari then signed the anniversary record and released 59 pigeons from a cage.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The president cut the anniversary cake, assisted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawal, the president of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the secretary of the Federation government, Boss Mustapha.
A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, former Vice President Namadi Sambo and a former Chief of Staff of the Supreme Headquarters, retired General Oladipo Diya and the national president of APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole was among the personalities of the event.
Also in attendance were ministers, heads of security agencies, including heads of service and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, traditional and religious leaders.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Buhari had previously addressed the nation in a broadcast as part of the activities to commemorate the anniversary of Independence.