President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinajo, Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives and Chief Justice of Nigeria and other service chiefs pays honour on Wednesday to Nigeria’s fallen heroes.
The President first laid the wreath followed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo before Minister of Defence, Retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi and his Federal Capital Territory counterpart, Malam Mohammed Bello laid the wreaths.
Thereafter, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chiefs 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 the 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.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the celebration started with series of activities including Jummat prayer on Jan. 10 at National Mosque and Interdenominational Christian service on Jan. 13.
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