The Presidency has decided to shed light on why pigeons refused to fly during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony where President Mohammadu Buhari attended.
Acccording to the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Femi Adesina said the pigeons could not fly because they had been kept in a cage for a very long time.
During the annual event, the president usually released white pigeons from a cage during.
However, during this year’s anniversary, the pigeons refused to fly after the president released them from their cage.
Thus dramatic development generated lots of reactions from the social and traditional media
Speaking on the matter, in an article titled: “Reflections from a wreath laying ceremony”, Adeshina 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.
“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