It is no longer news that the pigeons President Muhammadu Buhari released at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2021 ceremony in Abuja, refused to fly.
Many Nigerians including prominent citizens have stated their opinions on why they believed the birds refused to fly after the President released them.
Traditionally, as a sign of peace and unity, the President of Nigeria lays a wreath and releases some white pigeons every January 15 in honour of soldiers killed in different wars and conflicts involving Nigeria.
According to a former minister of education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, the refusal of the pigeons to fly was an act of “civic disobedience.”
“The pigeons will at least not be attacked for their effective civic disobedience.
“They will also not be told by scoundrels of patriotism to relocate just because they pointed out evident facts of bad governance in their country. Thank God for small mercies.”
In his own reaction, a former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said on his Twitter handle:
“When the white doves of peace refuse to fly and when the white pigeons of the Villa fail to leave their cage, it is an ominous sign and a bad omen.
“Buhari, beware the ides of March.
“Even the pigeons refused to fly! What type of bad luck does this man have?”
Going spiritual about the matter, Mr Olusegun Bamgbose, National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, noted that the refusal of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day pigeons to fly signalled impending doom for the country.
The lawyer explained:
“When you house them (pigeons), you hardly can experience sudden unexpected evil. The refusal of them to fly at the Armed Forces Remembrance today is a clear indication that something serious is wrong somewhere.
“It’s not just a sign of bad omen, but also a serious warning that except certain things are put in place, disaster looms.
“The Presidency has 21 days to make amends or the undesirable will happen. The 21 days will expire by the 5th day of February, 2021.
“I plead with the Presidency to take this seriously. If nothing is done, the unexpected might happen. This is a very serious warning that has a time limit of just 21 days,” Bamgbose pleaded.
Some other Nigerians joked that the pigeons realised that there was insecurity in Nigeria, and preferred the safety of their cage.
Others said that the pigeons knew that there was serious hunger in the land, and preferred to remain in the cage where their feeding was guaranteed, the Punch reports.