Presidency’s Celebration Of Independence Day At Eagle Square Abuja Means Boko Haram Is Weakened
Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary was marked at the Eagle square, Abuja with the venue under tight security. The Presidency yesterday explained why.
Naija News reports that the last time the event was celebrated elaborately was in 2010. Since then, it has been a low key event inside the Presidential Villa following Boko Haram insurgency.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Garba Shehu expressed happiness that the 58th Independence Day was celebrated successfully for the first time since 2010.
He told newsmen that the event turned out very well and was conducted professionally.
His words, “This annual event at the nation’s capital was scaled down and confined to the precincts of the State House following an unfortunate bombing incident by terrorists eight years ago.
“The success of the event this year is due to the fact that the Boko Haram terrorists have been significantly weakened militarily by the current policy of the Buhari administration to effectively fund security, modernize and motivate members of our armed forces.
“The significant improvements in security have contributed greatly to the successful celebration of independence day in Abuja and areas that once under terrorist occupation.
“While the Presidency considers this year’s event a success, it is full of regrets that the cherished life of a fighter pilot was lost as the Air Force rehearsed for the events. A Board of Investigation has been ordered to find out the exact cause,” he said.