Low key Independence Anniversary At Presidential Villa

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The Federal Government on Tuesday held a low key celebration to mark the nation’s 53rd independence anniversary at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

jonathan-portrait1There was a special Presidential change of guard to mark the occasion yesterday. The ceremony, which lasted for about two hours, was held at the fore-court of the Presidential Villa, Abuja to replace the normal full military parade and entertainments characteristic of the previous ones held at the Eagle Square.

President Goodluck Jonathan had earlier indicated that this year’s anniversary would be low keyed involving only the usual change of guards which he said was a normal exercise always done on Monday mornings but for the independence anniversary, it was shifted to yesterday.

The event started with the arrival of President Jonathan. He however did not appear in his ceremonial military uniform. He inspected the quarter guards before marching to the Villa forecourt to receive national salute which was followed by rendition of the National Anthem.

The Prayers were offered by the President of Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritshejafor who read from the Holy Bible Genesis 8:5 before rendering Christian prayer while the Chief Imam of the Abuja National Mosque, Shiek Usman Muhammad rendered Moslem prayer.

The event witnessed the inspection of new Guard/Quarter guard, silent drills, posting of sentries and color, the inspection of weapons and uniforms were inspected to ensure conformity with military standards.

Shortly after the ceremony, President Jonathan signed the anniversary register, released pigeons from cage and assisted by some top dignitaries, he cut the anniversary cake.

Among those who attended the ceremony include PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; Primate of Anglican Communion, Arch Bishop Rev. Nicholas Okoh; PDP BOT Chairman, Chief Tony Anineh; Former Information Minister, Prof Jerry Gana; Former Senate President, Sen. Adolphus Wabara; and Former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon. Others were the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and his Deputy, Emeka Ihedioha; Senate President, Sen. David Mark; Former Head of Civil Service, Steven Orasenye; Former Senate President, Sen. Ken Nnamani, Former head of the Interim National Govt, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Chief Justice of the Federation; Service Chiefs; Ministers and top government functionaries and members of the diplomatic corps.

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  1. Hmm, I have never felt as upset & sad abt nigeria d way I felt today; am not sure there is much if anything to celebrate. This feeling of despair & defiance arose afta I listened to d labour leaders of PHCN yesterday on MITV as they lamented & protested for their dues frm d fed govt;so many issues raised show dat if we don’t speak up,we might as well kiss electricity bye for God knows how long. It is pathetic, dis rape of our lives by our leaders.
    So when d president was making his speech this morning & I heard dat usual phrase ‘fellow nigerians’, I asked myself am I really a fellow human being to you mr president & you treat my land with such impunity. He spoke abt dealing with the menace of Boko Haram & I tot at least they have made their grievance clear bt sir wat have we done to you dat my siblings r out of schl & we die from hunger daily while you award millions to yourself as feeding allowance for a day. I tot of our national anthem & said I would look up d word patriot/compatriot just to be sure I wasn’t taught wrong in schl. I tot of a lot of tins, so today I didn’t send out ‘happy independence’ to my friends cos that will be a black lie with all that we r going thru now as a nation

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