Buhari marks 74th birthday with colourful military parade, drills

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday marked his 74th birthday anniversary with a special birthday parade and inspection of the Guard of Honour mounted by the Nigerian Army.
The low-key event, which took place at the fore-court of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, witnessed the inspection of the guard by the president.
The Guard Brigade, headed by the Commander, Brigade of Guards, Brig.-Gen. Musa Yusuf, also performed a Special Birthday Silent Drills, accompanied with special military birthday song in honour of the president.
President Buhari also cut a birthday cake and released 74 pigeons from a cage as part of the activities marking the anniversary just as the president also signed birthday anniversary register where he wrote: “I am impressed with the special drills presented by the Guard Brigade.’’
Present at the occasion were service chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; some ministers, including Lai Mohammed and Muhammad Bello of the FCT; Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari; Presidential spokesmen, Mr Femi Adesina and Malam Garba Shehu attended the event.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin, who briefly spoke with State House correspondents, congratulated the president on his 74th anniversary.
He said: “We are celebrating the birthday of the President and we wish him well and good health. We wish him all the goodness of God as he pilots the affairs of our nation to greater heights.’’
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who also spoke to the correspondents, described President Buhari as “a great man and we are very pleased with his accomplishments over the years.

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