The white pigeons, released by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President.
Buhari had opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed atop the cage and refused to fly.
The President, 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.
He, who appeared tired of trying, soon left the birds and returned to his seat. Moments after the President had left, however, some of the birds flew.
The ritual of releasing doves is to commemorate the life of a departed loved one and is common at significant events like funerals or memorials. It also signifies peace.
However, Nigerians have taken to social media to react this, See some reactions:
@SamuelOtigba: “These pigeons reminds me of some Nigerians, no matter how much you show them the light, set them free on the right path, they will still return to their cage. They love their slave masters & don’t know what to do with freedom when they get it.”
@ChrisListens2U: “The pigeons didn’t fly because unlike humans animals don’t lie. Let’s tell ourselves the truth @MBuhari has grounded Nigeria and we are not flying. The pigeons show the true state of Nigeria. Let’s pray for Nigeria to fly again.”
@isiomanb: “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.”
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