President Muhammadu Buhari, led the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, members of National Assembly, service chiefs and members of the diplomatic corps to honour the nation’s fallen and living heroes.
The event, which involved laying of wreaths at the National Arcade in Abuja, was the climax of the main activities lined up to celebrate the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC).
First to lay the wreath was the President, followed by the Vice President, the Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives and Chief Justice of Nigeria.
In another order, the Minister of Defence, Minister of Federal Capital Territory counterpart.
The Chief of Defence Staff, the Chiefs of Army, Lt.-Gen. Chief of Air Staff, and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice, performed the exercise.
Buhari, thereafter, signed the anniversary register and released the ceremonial pigeon as a symbol of national peace.
The celebration started with series of activities including Jumma’at prayer on Jan. 7, at National Mosque and Interdenominational Christian service on Jan. 9.
In Nigeria, Jan. 15, is set aside annually to honour fallen heroes who laid down their lives in service to humanity during the first and second world wars, Nigerian civil war, peace support and various internal security operations.
The event is also used to honour veterans still alive and as a medium for soliciting financial, moral and material support for the families of the fallen heroes.