Conflicting signals on Wednesday trailed the initial plans to have President Muhammadu Buhari address the nation from the Eagle Square, Abuja as part of activities commemorating Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
A statement, jettisoning Eagle Square at the last minute without any official reason, said the President’s broadcast will now take place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7am
The statement signed by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said all television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the address.
Adedina further said; “The President will thereafter, proceed to the Eagle Square, Abuja to review the Anniversary Parade and participate in other activities beginning at 10am, which will be covered live by major television and radio stations.”
“This updated statement supersedes our earlier one indicating an open-air live Presidential Address on October 1, 2020”, the presidential spokesman said.