NEWS: Nigerians react as Pigeons released by Buhari refuse to fly at Armed Forces Remembrance Day (VIDEO)

 Nigerians react as Pigeons released by Buhari refuse to fly at Armed Forces Remembrance Day (VIDEO)


The refusal of the white pigeons released by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony has sparked a debate on social media.



The President 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, ThePUNCHreports.


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.


Moments after the President had left and returned to his seat, 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.

The Vatican stopped the ritual in 2014 when Pope Francis released two birds that would not fly out of the window of the papal apartment and required several attempts to get the birds to fly out over a crowd of spectators.

In 2014, the doves refused to fly when former President Goodluck Jonathan freed them.

The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, described the incident at the time as a sign that God had abandoned Jonathan.

The refusal of the birds to fly on Friday, however, sparked thousands of comments on social media.

A former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Adamu Garba, said the birds should be eaten if they cannot do what they were trained to do.

“The pigeons are tired and overtime became lazy, they don’t want to fly the spirit of The Nigerian Flag. We should roast them at Suya joint and deploy Crowwe for action,” he said.


However, at the event today, the President opened the cage to set the birds free but they refused to fly even after few attempts to get them to fly into the air.

 

 Nigerians are currently reacting to the video which captured this scene. See their reactions below

 

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