Nigeria remembers her heroes

President Muhammadu Buhari led other top government functionaries including service chiefs and members of the diplomatic corps to honour the nation’s fallen and living heroes.

The event, which involved the laying of wreaths at the National Arcade, was one of the highlights of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, AFRDC.

First to lay the wreath was the President, followed by Vice President,Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate president; speaker, House of Representatives and the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Subsequently, the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) and his Federal Capital Territory counterpart, Malam Mohammed Bello laid the wreaths.

Thereafter, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chiefs of Army, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar and Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas honoured the fallen heroes.

Representatives of the diplomatic corps as well as Nigerian Legion and widows of late officer/soldiers also laid wreaths.

Buhari later led the dignitaries to sign the register and release pigeons.

AFRDC is an annual event by the Ministry of Defence to honour fallen heroes who laid down their lives during the First and Second World Wars, Nigerian Civil War, Peace Support and various internal security operations in the country.

The Remembrance Day provides an opportunity to honour the veterans who are alive, as well as solicit for financial support for the families of the dead ones.

The celebration started with a series of activities including Jumat prayer on January 10 at the National Mosque and Interdenominational Christian Service on January 13.

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