BY Victoria Ogunrinde
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, released the doves otherwise known as pigeons to commemorate the event, however they refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President.
This has however caused a mixed reaction on social media platforms.
The President was seen to have opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed on top the cage and refused to fly.
Buhari, who was eager to let the white pigeons fly, opened the roof of the cage in a bid to send them all out but the birds remained adamant and decided to sit on top of the cage’s roof.
However, Buhari soon left the birds and returned to his seat. Moments after the President had left, some of the birds flew.
Releasing doves to fly is as a ritual to commemorate the life of a departed loved one and also signifies peace.