Jonathan, Tinubu Others present as President Buhari marks Democracy Day, VP absent

Former, President Goodluck Jonathan and the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) presidential Standard bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday joined President Muhammadu Buhari to mark the 2022 Democracy Day celebration in Abuja.

The event was equally attended by Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila; Deputy Speaker Idris Wase; the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad; and the Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

Also at the Eagle Square for the ceremony was a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, who was the running mate to the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Aare M.KO Abiola.

Others were the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd); the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; service chiefs, ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, captains of industry, as well as other Nigerians from all walks of life, including students.

However, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was not at the ceremony, having departed for Ivorian capital, Abidjan Sunday evening to participate in the annual summit of the Africa CEO Forum.

President Buhari inspected the parade immediately and was followed by military/police march past in slow and quick time. The combat march display by the Nigerian Army Women Corps, the combined silent drill display by the Armed Forces and Police were also held.

The event also witnessed Democracy Day playlet, cultural troupe display, showcasing Nigeria moving forward from the six geo-political zones.

President Buhari also signed the anniversary register, followed by the parade commander leading three hearty cheers.

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