How Buhari, others celebrated Nigeria’s 56th anniversary (PICTURES)

President Buhari participates at the 56th independence anniversary

A presidential change of guard parade was held at the state house as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary.

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President Muhammadu Buhari released white pigeons, a symbol of peace as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate president, Bukola Saraki watched on.

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The president also signed the anniversary register. He was assisted by some top dignitaries to cut the anniversary cake.

President Buhari participates at the 56th independence anniversary

This is the second independence anniversary Buhari wiil be celebrating since he came to power on May 29, 2015.

President Buhari participates at the 56th independence anniversary

Those in attendance were former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Vice Presidents Alex Ekwueme and Namadi Sambo, other top government dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps.

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Nigeria independence celebration

The 56th independence anniversary was celebrated in a low-key fashion. Since October 1, 2010 when the anniversary celebration was marred by bomb blasts at the Eagle Square, Abuja, all subsequent anniversaries have been celebrated in the presidential villa.
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