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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Why Pigeons Refused to Fly – Femi Adesina

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said the pigeons released during the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day by the president refused to fly because they have been kept in a cage for a very long time.

Recall that the white pigeons, released by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony last Friday, which refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President, elicited reactions, from some Nigerians on social media who attributed the incident to the injustice, nepotism and insecurity affecting the country’s growth.

Adesina in an article ‘Reflection from a wreath-laying ceremony,’ described the pigeons’ refused to fly as “a natural phenomenon”.

 “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,” he said.

Adesina further, urged Nigerians “But not to the idle and indolent, most of who populate the social media. It was time to major in something minor, cavil, find fault unnecessarily.

“The pigeons didn’t fly, they refused to fly, it’s ominous, they wailed like wailing wailers. And you began to wonder: are people this idle?

“Don’t they have productive things to do with their times? Are their minds so addled, and all they want to do is find faults against their President, ascribing spiritual connotations to a non-issue?

“For their information: Muhammadu Buhari has no time for such frivolities. He just continues to serve the country with his heart and mind, trying to make a difference in security, economy, and anti-corruption. And he will get there, by the grace of God. But if they don’t change, the wailers will be losers, standing small”, he added.

Watch the Armed Forces Remembrance Day video put together by Channels, and some reaction from social media users.

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