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Why pigeons Buhari released refused to fly – Presidency

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The Presidency has disclosed why pigeons did not fly during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day service.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the pigeons couldn’t fly since they have been kept in a cage for quite a while.

As a mark of peace, the president usually released white pigeons from an enclosure during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony.

Yet, during the 2021 edition of the ceremony, the pigeons did not fly after Buhari released them from their cage.

This drew negative reactions from Nigerians who depicted the development as a misfortune.

However, Adesina in an article titled: “Reflections from a wreath laying ceremony”, said: “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.

“President Buhari opened the cage that held the pigeons, about a score or so. One hesitated, then flew, followed by another.

“The others temporized a bit. And then, two, three minutes later, they all took to the sky. Nothing extraordinary in the development, you would think.”

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