Today January 15th Mark the usual day Nigerians Celebrate the Fallen heroes, It’s a day where First Citizen of this Country will lead other top government officials in Honouring Our Heroes
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, Lead 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 lined up to celebrate the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
First to lay the wreath was the President, followed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.
In another order, the Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.) and his Federal Capital Territory counterpart, Malam Mohammed Bello laid the wreaths.
Thereafter, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chief of Army, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, performed the exercise.
Other dignitaries, who also performed the wreath-laying ceremony, are representatives of the members of the diplomatic corps as well as Nigerian Legion and widows of late officer/soldiers.
Buhari later led the dignitaries to the signing of register and release of the 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 the opportunity to honour the veterans who are alive as well as solicit for financial support for the families of the dead ones.