Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara were conspicuously absent at the nation’s 58th Independence anniversary parade in Abuja.
The event holding at Eagle Square Abuja, have in attendance the country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen; and former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon among others.
Saraki, a presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Dogara, who is seeking re-election as a member of the House of Representatives, recently dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress for the PDP.
After the ceremonial parade comprising of the Armed Forces, police and other para-military agencies, there will also be a parade of the nation’s military hardware as well as air displays.
A photo exhibition depicting Nigerian history and an Independence Day dinner are also slated for today as part of the ceremonies to mark the 58th Independence anniversary celebrations.