President Muhammadu Buhari was on Tuesday, joined by the former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, former Vice President under the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Namadi Sambo and the former Chief of General Staff Supreme Headquarters, General Oladipupo Diya, at the presidential villa for Presidential Change of Guards.
TVC News State House Correspondent, Femi Akande reports that it was a purely military spectacle to mark Nigeria’s 59th independence anniversary.
The whole activities happened in the presence of the commander in chief of the armed forces, his deputy, principal officers of the legislature, the judiciary, service chiefs, the inspector general of police, members of the federal executive council and diplomats.
59 years of nationhood has been decades of a desperate struggle to keep the country united.
The President’s Independence day speech already gave pointers to the direction his administration will go in his second term in office.
The atmosphere was different from the many projections of doom and gloom that has dominated public discourse.
This year’s independence has brought renewed hopes of a stronger and prosperous Nigeria.