A Soldier In The Firing Party At Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony in Abuja Points Rifle Towards President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, The soldier in the Firing Party at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony in Abuja yesterday almost cause a stir when he mistakenly points his rifle towards President Goodluck Jonathan’s direction. Consequently, presidential guards immediately form a human shield around the President to forestall tragedy. The momentary incident happened shortly after the President and other top government officials took turns to lay wreaths at the foot of the monument of the Unknown Soldier in honour of Nigeria’s fallen heroes. Jonathan, who was in the middle of the two-row firing party, has stood motionless after laying his wreaths at the National Arcade venue of the event.
During the traditional 21-gun salute, the lower part of a soldier’s rifle in the Firing Party mistakenly got tucked in his uniform, a situation which prevented him from lifting the rifle to his shoulder level. This situation made the rifle tilted the posture of the soldier which caused the barrel and muzzle of the gun to turn towards Jonathan.
A plain clothed security agent standing behind the Firing Party saved the day when he started by correcting the soldier’s skewed posture and thereafter helped in untangling what may have been the lower sling swivel from the soldier’s uniform. Probably oblivious of the happenings around him, President Jonathan appeared calm throughout the 21-gun salute ritual.