PHOTONEWS: Nigeria’s 55th Independence Celebration At The Presidential Villa

October 1 is celebrated every year by Nigerians because it is the day they gained independence from British rule.

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Today, Nigeria is 55-years-old, having being liberated in 1960.

After the bomb explosions which marred Nigeria’s 50th anniversary at the Eagles Square, which used to be the venue for the Independence Day celebration, it has been celebrated at the Presidential Villa.

This year was no different as the Independence Day celebration still held at Villa with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and others in attendance.

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President Muhammadu Buhari happily releases the 55th anniversary pigeons. Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa

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President Muhammadu Buhari releases the 55th anniversary pigeons.Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa

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The president greets the people Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa

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The ceremonial change of guards began with the parade Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa

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The president, Osinbajo, Saraki and Dogara share a good laugh. Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa

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President Buhari and the Senate President Bukola Saraki.Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa

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The president with Osinbajo, Dogara, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Saraki. Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa

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President Buhari signs the anniversary register. Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa

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There was 21 gunshots to honour President Buhari.Photo Credit: Olatunji Obasa