The celebration of the 60th independence anniversary of Nigeria which took place at the Eagle Square in Abuja was unique as a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, and former President Goodluck Jonathan joined President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the anniversary register.
They were the only past Nigerian leaders at the event also attended by a former Chief of General Staff, Gen. Oladipo Diya; former Vice-President, Namadi Sambo; and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was conspicuously absent at the event which coincided with the 10th year anniversary of the bomb explosion planted by militants under the aegis of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta.
About 12 persons, including security operatives died in the twin bomb blasts while 17 others were seriously injured.
The parade, which was made up of the nation’s armed forces and para-military agencies also witnessed a display of traditional dances and other performances by military and civilian artistes.
The high point of the ceremony was the Nigerian Air Force’s display, which had to be scaled down because of poor weather conditions.
The fly-past was led by two Agusta helicopters actively involved in combat operations, one of which bore the banner of the theme of the celebration.