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Buhari presides over low-key 56th independence anniversary

Buhari presides over low-key 56th independence anniversary

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, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other personalities in attendance.

The low-key event, which took place at the Presidential Villa, was Buhari’s second independence celebration since he took over the leadership of the nation on May 29, last year.

The Christian prayers were offered by the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Christian Association of Nigeria, Israel Akonji. The Deputy Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Prof. Taofeeq Abdulazeez, offered the Muslim prayers.

The event witnessed the inspection of new Guard/Quarter guard, silent drills, posting of sentries and colour, while weapons and uniforms were inspected to ensure conformity with military standards by the Commander, Brigade of Guards, Brig.-Gen. Musa Yusuf. Shortly after the ceremony, Buhari signed the anniversary register and released 56 pigeons from a cage.

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