Buhari, Osinbajo Present As Nigeria Marks 62nd Independence Day With Parade


President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were among top dignitaries who gathered on Saturday at the Eagle Square in Abuja for Nigeria's 62nd Independence Anniversary parade.
Others included the President's wife, Aisha Buhari; former President Goodluck Jonathan; wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Senate President Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The service chiefs and several diplomats were also in attendance as well as several ministers and Kassim Shettima, the running mate to the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.
Buhari, accompanied by the Commander of the Brigade of Guards, inspected the parade, his last in eight years since he assumed office in May 2015.
Earlier, the President in his last Independence Day Anniversary broadcast, said he would leave a legacy of free and fair elections as Nigerians go to the polls next year to elect another set of political office holders for the next four years.
Buhari, further also identified with the pains of millions of Nigerians following the harsh economic hardship, assuring them that their resilience and patience would not be in vain.
“I share the pains Nigerians are going through and I assure you that your resilience and patience would not be in vain as this administration continues to reposition as well as strengthen the security agencies to enable them to deal with all forms of security challenges,” he said in his address on Saturday.
He further urged striking lecturers of public universities to call off their over seven-month strike and return to the classrooms.