President Muhammadu Buhari accompanied by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, and diplomats in honoring the nation’s fallen and living heroes on Saturday.
The wreath-laying ceremony, which took place at Abuja’s National Arcade, was the climax of the main activities planned to commemorate the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRDC).
The President was the first to lay the wreath, followed by the Vice President, the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Nigeria’s Chief Justice.
In another order, the wreaths were laid by the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, and his counterpart from the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Mohammed Bello.
The exercise was then carried out by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Chiefs of Army, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo.
Members of the diplomatic corps and their representatives, as well as the Nigerian Legion and widows of late officers/soldiers represented by Hajia Aisha Lemu, also took part in the wreath-laying ceremony.
After that, Buhari signed the commemorative register and released the ceremonial pigeon as a symbol of national peace.
The celebrations began with a series of events, including Jumma’at prayer at the National Mosque on Jan. 7 and an interdenominational Christian service on Jan. 9.
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), AFRDC is commemorated across the world to recognize and honor the sacrifices made by their citizens for the sake of peace.
In Nigeria, the 15th of January is set aside each year to commemorate fallen heroes who gave their lives in the service of humanity throughout the first and second world wars, the Nigerian civil war, peacekeeping missions, and different internal security operations.
The event also serves as a platform for honoring living soldiers and soliciting financial, moral, and material support for the families of fallen heroes.