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by Victor Ndubuisi

On Monday, three military Officers fell at Eagle Square, Abuja, while taking part in the Democracy Day Parade.

They were said to have passed out from weariness after standing in one position for hours in the blazing sun.

Some security and medical staff hurried to the parade field with stretchers and carried the collapsed comrades to the medical shed on the left side of the State Box, where the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) was sat, causing some confusion.

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However, there were no casualties since they were effectively treated and quickly recovered consciousness.


The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police all performed at the occasion.

A military exhibition by the Nigerian Army Female Corps was followed by traditional dance performances by diverse ethnic groups.

The President, who was also the Special Guest of Honour, reviewed the guards before being followed by a military/police march past in slow and fast tempo.

Before the procession advanced in review order, there was a joint silent drill show by the Armed Forces and Police, as well as a playlet performance.

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, National Assembly Presiding Officers, Service Chiefs, Diplomatic Corps Members, Youth Corps Members, and Babagana Kingibe, a former Cabinet Member under President Yar’Adua, were among those in attendance.

Notably, Kingibe who was the running mate of the winner of the 1993 presidential election, M.K.O. Abiola, was introduced as former Vice President and invited to join in a group photograph with President Buhari, Jonathan, Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; the Chief Justice of the Federation, Ibrahim Tanko, and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Adamu.



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