by Mitchelle Uzorka
The Ceremony kicked off with the Guard of Hounor at Eagles Square in Abuja.
The parade is an annual exercise held in honour of the nation’s return to civil rule and to remember Nigeria’s heroes of democracy.
The arrival of President Buhari was made known by a general salute, signalling the official kick off of the exercise in the nation’s capital.
The ceremony featured performances by the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Police, followed by traditional dance performance from various ethnic groups.
Dignitaries present at the Parade Ground were, The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad; and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Others who attended the event include ministers and other members of the President’s cabinet, the nation’s service chiefs, other members of the National Assembly, and members of the diplomatic corps.
There was also general salutes for the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of the Police Force, as well as salutations for former presidents and vice presidents, squad leaders and the commander of the Guards Brigade among other dignitaries.
Also present at the Parade Ground to mark Nigeria’s Democracy were students and teachers from various schools and Corp Members.
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Meanwhile, Three military officers who were participating in the Democracy Day Parade, on Monday, reportedly slumped at the Eagle Square, Abuja. No casualties were recorded as they were successfully treated and soon regained consciousness.