Nigeria honours fallen Armed Forces heroes
London, Jan. 15, 2020 (AltAfrica)-President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday laid the annual ceremonial wreath at the national arcade in Abuja, climaxing the 2020-Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration.
The event celebrated in honour of the country’s fallen heroes was also attended by the country’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
The ceremony which holds on January 15 every year, symbolising the end of the country’s civil war, which ended on January 15, 1970, is usually celebrated to honour the wives and children of war veterans.
The event is also held each year, to honour and appreciate surviving military men who have retired from service.
President Buhari, who arrived the venue of the event in a white big gown, was flanked by armed men of the guards’ brigade, back pipers and Presidential mounted troop.
Soon after a rendition of the national anthem, the President proceeded to inspect the parade, comprising of officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Nigerian Legion.
Earlier, the ceremony started with the Christian the Muslim prayers rendered by Commander Abi Okwaraji and the Director Islamic Affairs Nigerian Airforce Captain L A. Lawal.
The event which featured a parade of Officers and Men of the Armed Forces and Nigerian Legion, also witnessed the ceremonial 21-gun salutes for the fallen heroes, before the wreath laying ceremony.
This was followed by the gentle and solemn laying of the wreath at the foot of the national arcade by President Buhari followed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Others who laid the wreaths included the Senate President Ahmed Lawan, who was represented by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Ibrahim.
Others were the Ministers of Defence and Federal Capital Territory, Bashir Magashi and Mohammed Bello.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin led the Service Chiefs and Inspector General Police to lay their own wreaths.
The Diplomatic Corps, was represented by their Doyen; Camerounian Ambassador to Nigeria, Salaheddine Ibrahim while the last set of those who laid wreaths were the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Brig. Gen. Adakole Akpa (Rtd) and the Representative of widows, of fallen heroes, Mrs Helen Polycarp.
President Buhari later signed the anniversary register after which he released some white pigeons signifying the freedom and peace the country is enjoying.