President Muhammadu Buhari’ Special Aide on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina has given an explanation as to why the white pigeons released at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration refused to fly.
Recall that social media went abuzz after pigeons released by President Buhari at the celebration refused to fly. many Nigerians said that the pigeons which are supposed to signify please refused to fly because “they’re not happy in the country” many others also said the pigeons were protesting.
Adeshina has described the pigeon’s refusal to fly as a natural phenomenon, he stated this in an article titled “Reflection from a wreath-laying ceremony” published on Thursday, January 21.
The statement reads in part;
“Now, something for those who twist my every word, turn it upside down, to generate hatred. Something for them to wail about. The release of the pigeons.
“At every Armed Forces Remembrance Day, after the laying of the wreaths, the sitting President releases some pigeons, to symbolise peace in the land. Emblems of National harmony. It was not different last Friday.
“The pigeons had been kept in a cage. For how long, I do not know. And when birds and some other roaming animals have been circumscribed for a while, they get accustomed to their new status as lawful captives. Therefore, when you offer them freedom, they first baulk, thinking it’s too good to be true. It’s a natural phenomenon.
“President Buhari opened the cage that held the pigeons, about a score or so. One hesitated, then flew, followed by another. The others temporised a bit. And then, two, three minutes later, they all took to the sky. Nothing extraordinary in the development, you would think.”
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