In Nigeria, today is Armed Forces Remembrance Day, an annual event honoring the nation’s servicemen and fallen heroes.
The annual event, which takes place on January 15, honors veterans of World Wars I and II, as well as the Nigerian Civil War. It’s a day set aside for solemn reflections on the military’s importance to the country.
While Armed Forces Remembrance Day is commemorated on November 11 every year around the world, it is also known as Armistice Day, as it commemorates the end of World War I.
The date was changed to mark the restoration of Nigeria’s unity after the formal end of the Nigerian Civil War on January 15, 1970, when the Biafran secessionists surrendered.
President Muhammadu Buhari led a wreath-laying ceremony and reviewed a presidential parade at the National Arcade in Abuja as part of the celebrations.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President; Ahmad Lawan, Senate President; Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Justice Tanko Muhammad, Chief Justice of the Federation; and the service chiefs, led by General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, were among the dignitaries present during the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
President Buhari, who is the Special Guest of Honour at the event, laid a wreath to honor the fallen heroes after prayers were said in both Christian and Islamic ways.
Following that, Professor Osinbajo and others took turns paying tribute to the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while defending the country’s territorial integrity.
Throughout the celebration, governors are expected to pay tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes at ceremonies held across the federation.
The Federal Government ordered the closure of parts of the roads leading to the Federal Secretariat complexes and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as early as 2 p.m. on Friday, ahead of the event in the nation’s capital.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, issued a circular informing all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of the closure.
“This event, which will include a wreath-laying ceremony by President Muhammadu Buhari, accompanied by top government officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps, will take place on Saturday, 15 January at the National Arcade in Abuja,” said AbudulGaniyu Aminu, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the (HCSF).
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