- The 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Nigeria is trending on social media with an unusual development
- At the ceremony, President Buhari released some pigeons into the air, in line with the tradition
- However, the birds refused to fly, causing heated reactions from Nigerians on social media
As Nigeria celebrates the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance today, Friday, January 15, something dramatic happened which is drawing heated reactions from Nigerians on social media.
As it is the tradition, President Muhammadu Buhari opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and threw it into the air but the bird landed atop the cage and refused to fly.
The president opened the roof of the cage in a bid to send them all out but the birds refused to fly, forcing the president to return to his seat.
Though some of the pigeons later flew when President Buhari was on his way back to his seat, their refusal to fly when the president released them has attracted reactions on social media.
Legit.ng collects some of the reactions below:
P.article!, @isiomanb, said on Twitter:
"There's no peace in Nigeria. There's no progress being made. And there's no harmony among us. So the pigeons refused to fly
"Unbothered and unhinged, Buhari didn't hesitate to leave the birds. Like he does with Nigeria and Nigerians
"You won't find a more iconic video"
Thεό Abu, @TheoAbuAgada, said:
"Thank you Pigeons ooooo.
"We didn’t know you could communicate our collective feelings to those in Authority the way you just did."
SEGA L'éveilleur, @segalink, said:
"How dare the recalcitrant Pigeons?! Opposition parties must be held liable for this failure to launch in the spirit of peace. Apologies Mr President, don’t mind them. The pigeons must be investigated and their collaborators smoked out. Nonsense."
Pastor Ola, @Biisi96, said:
"Birds love to fly.
"Caged birds will fly once the cage is open.
"My man opened the cage, they even tried to push the pigeons to fly. Omo them no gree.
"Pigeon no wan make bandit nab them, where papa pigeonma wan see 4M this Dry season."
Joey Akan, @JoeyAkan, said:
"The pigeons refused to fly due to 16 years of PDP rule."
Morris Monye, @Morris_Monye, said:
"Let me tell you the symbolic reason why pigeons are released to fly.
"It is to signify peace, harmony and security in the country.
"The pigeons refused to fly!"
Millionaire Business, @tboss_guy, said:
"The symbolic reason why pigeons are released to FLY, is to signify PEACE, HARMONY and SECURITY in the country.
"But even the pigeons know what's going on."
Meanwhile, the Nigerian presidency on Thursday, January 14, published a checklist of its security achievements to date to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
A statement released by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the year 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day provides an opportunity for the government to chronicle the landmark achievements by the military in tackling security challenges in the land.
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