An embarrassing moment was witnessed at the Eagles Square on Friday as white pigeons, a hallmark of peace, refused to fly; despite several attempts by president Buhari.
He opened the cage in a bid to make the bird fly, but the birds remained adamant. The president opened the bird cage, picked one of the pigeons, and ‘threw’ it into the air, but the bird landed on the top of the cage.
After several attempts, the president gave up, and took his seat. Observation following the scenario indicated that, after the president left, the birds flew away.
This ritual is always done in commemoration of the lives of departed members of the Armed Forces.
In 2014, the pigeons also refused to fly, when former president Goodluck Jonathan freed them. Catholic Reverend Fr. Mbaka described it a sign “that God has abandoned Jonathan,” while he was contesting for a second term.
The birds’ refusal to fly has caused a lot of controversial reactions in the social media space; as someone the Department of State Security Service (DSS) would have arrested the pigeons for embarrassing the President, if they could.
Also, someone opined that the birds are also protesting years of unending bad governance, and failure in the country.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News