Everything you need to know about Nigeria’s Presidential Guard.

The Presidential Guards Brigade is President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal protection force. It is a military unit that operates outside the conventional framework of the Nigerian Army. They are a group of elite Nigerian soldiers which guards the residence of the President and his guests, as well as perform ceremonial duties.

They stand at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock  and also raise and lower the national flag at ceremonies and parades.

The home of Nigeria’s President is among the most heavily guarded building in the world. Aso Rock is heavily protected at all times by five thousand armed guards, making it impossible for Nigerians to enter area, unless you are imvted of course. The Presidential Guard comprises of both men and women.

It’s unclear whether the “Presidential Guard” designation is simply intended to reflect the elite status of the unit or whether it also performs defence functions as well, its probably a bit of both. It is, however a combat formation, akin to the American Secret Service.

All female Red Coat Guard of Honour.
The all female Red Coat Guard of Honour are primarily based at the official residence of the President.
President Buhari inspects a Guard of Honour at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, on arrival from a 10-day vacation in London.
President Buhari inspects Guard of Honour at Aso-Rock.

Zambian Commissioner Mr Solomon Jere inspecting Guards of Honour during his presentation of letter of credence to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Chinese Ambassador Deng Boqing inspects the Presidential Guard of Honour.
Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugagbe inspects the Guard of Honour.
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (Center R) inspects a guard of honour as he arrives the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria.
South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma inspects the Guard of Honour during a state visit to Nigeria.
President Buhari welcomes Francois Hollande to Nigeria
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi inspecting the Guard of Honour.
Buhari inspecting the Guards of honour on his Arrival from Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The presidential bagpipers line the route to the Presidential chopper, in the background.
President Buhari accompanied by the NSA Major General Babagana Monguno walks through the guard of honour formed by the ‘presidential bagpipers’
President Buhari is received by bag pipers on his return to Nigeria.
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