POLITICS:Jonathan shuns Eagle Square for Independence celebration

For security reasons, Nigeria would not mark its 52 independence anniversary at the nation’s traditional ground, Eagles Square, Abuja.
The event will take place within president Jonathan’s official residence to avoid a repetition of 2010 incident during the Nigeria at 50 celebration.
A terse statement by Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, on Sunday gives the outlines of the anniversary which will commence at 7am with a presidential broadcast.
Abati’s statement reads, “As part of the activities marking Nigeria’s 52nd Independence Anniversary, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will address the nation on Monday, October 1, 2012.
“The broadcast will be aired at 7 am. All television stations are advised to hook up to the Nigerian Television Authority for clean feed, while radio stations should hook up to the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.
“The President will also watch a ceremonial Change of Guards by the Nigerian Army Brigade of Guards, at the State House, Abuja. This ceremony will be witnessed by Vice- President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Chief Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, and former heads of state, members of the diplomatic corps, political leaders, other government officials and dignitaries.
“The event will be transmitted live, from 10am on the NTA and FRCN networks and other broadcast stations across the country.”
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, had in Ilorin on Saturday assured that the police would ensure a hitch-free celebration of the 52nd anniversary.

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