The white pigeons, released by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President.
President Buhari had opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the pigeons, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed atop the cage and refused to fly.
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.
The President, who appeared tired of trying, soon left the birds and returned to his seat. Moments after the President had left, however, some of the birds flew.
— Channels Television (@channelstv) January 15, 2021
The inability of the birds to fly has sparked a debate on social media on Friday.
As many social media commenters has wondered why the pigeons refused to fly.
See social media reactions below…
How dare the recalcitrant Pigeons?! Opposition parties must be held liable for this failure to launch in the spirit of peace. Apologies Mr President, don’t mind them. The pigeons must be investigated and their collaborators smoked out. Nonsense. 😡 https://t.co/FRUIjlEHI6
— SEGA L'éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) January 15, 2021
Birds love to fly.
Caged birds will fly once the cage is open.
My man opened the cage, they even tried to push the pigeons to fly. Omo them no gree 😭😭😭.
Pigeon no wan make bandit nab them, where papa pigeonma wan see 4M this Dry season.
— OA ✨ (@Biisi96) January 15, 2021
There's no peace in Nigeria. There's no progress being made. And there's no harmony among us. So the pigeons refused to fly
Unbothered and unhinged, Buhari didn't hesitate to leave the birds. Like he does with Nigeria and Nigerians
You won't find a more iconic video
— P.article! (@isiomanb) January 15, 2021
Dem go find videos of where pigeons refused to fly during past administrations.
— Mazi Ibe (@MaziIbe_) January 15, 2021
I guarantee you… If it was possible, the DSS would arrest the pigeons for such an affront on the President.
But really, is there peace, harmony and security in the land?
And totally unrelated, Channels TV is fake news.
— Morris Monye💙 (@Morris_Monye) January 15, 2021
Hmmm. Even the pigeons in Nigeria.
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 15, 2021
Why Release Of Pigeon.
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.