By Chris Udochukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – Twitter has been buzzing with reactions from some Nigerians since President Muhammadu Buhari’s pigeons refused to fly as part of the events performed every 15th of January during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.
The doves, otherwise known as white pigeons, released by the President refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President thereby sparking a debate on social media on Friday.
The President had opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed on top 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.
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.
However, studies show that domesticated doves which are used to living in cages are not always keen on flying