Bukola Saraki, the Senate president and Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, are both absent at Eagle Square Abuja where the nation’s 58th Independence anniversary is being celebrated by dignitaries and many elder statemen.
Those present at the parade are President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, Walter Onnoghen, the chief justice of Nigeria, and former head of state and Yakubu Gowon, among many other top public figures.
The all-important national ceremony will witness a parade of the nation’s military officials and a photo exhibition showing Nigerian history and an independence day dinner. Whereas efforts to speak with Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s spokesperson, proved unsuccessful, the spokesperson of Dogara, Turaki Hassan, said he has no idea if his boss was invited to the event or why he is not attending.
Hassan, speaking with newsmen, said: “Actually, I am out of Abuja and I don’t know what is happening there.”
Saraki, in a statement signed by him, and sent to NAIJ.com, expressed dismay over the decision by INEC to declare as “inconclusive” an election in which a candidate won the highest number of votes and fulfilled the condition for geographical spread.