The Nigerian Presidency has backtracked on its earlier statement saying President Muhammadu Buhari would address Nigerians from the Eagles Square, Abuja, on Independence Day.
In an earlier statement, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, had said the early morning broadcast would not hold, announcing that the president would be addressing Nigerians after the Independence Parade at Eagles Square on October 1.
But in a later statement, Adesina said Buhari would broadcast to the nation on Thursday at 7am.
He noted that the updated statement supersedes the earlier one indicating an open-air live Presidential Address.
“As part of activities commemorating the 60th Independence Anniversary of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari will broadcast to the nation on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7am,” the statement 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.
“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.”