Buhari marks 74th birthday with 74 pigeons

Buhari marks 74th birthday with 74 pigeons
December 17 17:30 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday celebrated his 74th birthday at a colourful ceremony held at the forecourt of the State House, Abuja.

A special birthday parade and inspection of the Guard of Honour mounted by the Nigerian Army dominated the ceremony.

The Guard Brigade, headed by the Commander, Brigade of Guards, 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.

In a birthday anniversary register where he signed, he wrote: “I am impressed with the special drills presented by the Guard Brigade.’’

Service chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; some ministers, including Lai Mohammed and Muhammad Bello of the FCT; and Presidential aides attended the event.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin, who spoke with State House correspondents, congratulated the president on his 74th anniversary.

“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. He is a good leader”.