As the Nigerian government commemorates the nation’s 62nd independence day anniversary, tight security arrangements were observed in and around the vicinity of Eagle Square in Abuja.
The event which officially kicked off at 10:14am following the arrival of President, Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries had the presence of security forces drawn from the Nigerian Police, Army, Airforce, DSS, Navy Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC among others.
The President kicked off the event with an inspection of guards, before proceeding to the VIP stand to observe the parade processions.
The colourful march parade was spearheaded by the Army, followed by the Navy, Airforce and the Police.
Other para-military agencies that also performed the parade include the prison service, customs, immigration, fire service, road safety corps, Nigerian legion, and National Youth Service Corps members.
Our correspondent observed that all roads linking the federal secretariat complex were cordoned off by security personnel.
The President had earlier addressed Nigerians on the occasion of the independence anniversary where he said he shared in the pains Nigerians were going through while commending their resilience in the face of challenges.
Buhari had also commended Nigerians for giving him the opportunity to lead the country both in 2015 and 2019, adding that he had delivered on most of the promises he made to the people in the last seven years.