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30 Sep 2016
Aso Rock wears new look for Nigeria’s independence
The Presidential Villa, Abuja is currently wearing a new look ahead of Nigeria’s 56th Independence anniversary holding on Saturday, October 1.
Programmes earmarked for the anniversary which the government described as low-key started with an interdenominational service at the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja on Sunday.
A jumat service and anniversary lecture are slated for the National Mosque, Abuja on Friday (today).
The final programme is Presidential Change of Guard scheduled to hold at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa on Saturday.
Ahead of that programme that will attract members of the diplomatic corps, top government officials and other friends of the nation, workers were on Thursday busy giving the Presidential Villa a facelift.
All the white walls in the seat of power were repainted while the white-and-black road setbacks were also retouched.
Flowers and trees were also trimmed.
Workers of the construction giant, Julius Berger, saddled with the maintenance of the seat of power, carried out most of the exercise.
Government officials were also seen changing the numerous national and commander-in-chief’s flags at strategic places within the premises.
Canopies were also being erected in the forecourt where the event would hold while chairs were also being moved to the venue.
During the programme scheduled to start by 3pm on Saturday, there will be a ceremonial change of guards by soldiers attached to the Brigade of Guards who are in charge of the security of the President and the Federal Capital Territory.
Buhari will inspect the guard of honour at the ceremony, cut the anniversary cake, sign the anniversary register and release pigeons to symbolise peace.
He will be assisted by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Muhammed.