Wife of the President, Aisha
Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and principal officers of the National
Assembly were conspicuously absent when officers and men of the Presidential
Brigade of Guards held a special parade to mark President Muhammadu Buhari’s
74th birthday on Saturday.
The parade which was held at the
forecourt of the President’s office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja was
attended by a few ministers, presidential aides and service chiefs.
The brief event also featured the
inspection of quarter guard, inspection of the guard of honour, silent drill
display, signing of a birthday register, cutting of the birthday cake and the
traditional release of pigeons to signal peace.
Giant birthday cards were also
presented to the President at the strictly military event
In an interview with some journalist,
the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin, 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.”
Those in attendance included the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; Chief of Staff
to the President, Abba Kyari; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of
the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello; and Minister of Information and
Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, among others