Saraki, Dogara Absent as Buhari, Others Attend Independence Day Parade

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were both absent at Eagle Square Abuja where the nation’s 58th Independence anniversary parade was held.

Present at the parade were President Muhammadu Buhari; his vice, Yemi Osinbajo; the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen; and former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon among others.

After the ceremonial parade comprising of the Armed Forces, police and other para-military agencies, there was also a parade of the nation’s military hardware as well as air displays.

A photo exhibition depicting Nigerian history and an independence day dinner were also slated for today as part of the ceremonies to mark the 58th Independence anniversary celebrations.

Premium Times reported that the spokesperson of Mr Dogara, Turaki Hassan, said he has no idea if his boss was invited to the event or why he is not attending.

“Actually, I am out of Abuja and I don’t know what is happening there,” he said.

Messrs Saraki and Dogara recently left the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party.

While Mr Saraki is one of the aspirants to the office of president in the 2019 election, Mr Dogara is seeking re-election as a member of the House of Representatives.

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