PHOTO: Buhari leads wreath-laying ceremony on Armed Forces Remembrance Day
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja presided over the wreath-laying at the National Memorial Arcade to mark the end of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC).
The laying of the wreath marks the end of the emblem week held in memory of Nigeria’s fallen heroes who laid down their lives during the First and Second World Wars, Nigerian Civil War, peace support and various internal security operations, and the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North-East.
The event also witnessed the bigel of the last, a unique but symbolic aspect of the ceremony that reminds veterans of their departed colleagues and the families of the fallen heroes who had paid the supreme price.
Prayers were offered for the peace and stability of the country by the directors of chaplain services of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force, who prayed for the protection of soldiers fighting the counter-insurgency war and other security operations across the country, for the families of those who have lost their lives to keep the country at peace, and for the country’s leaders.
After the one-minute silence for the fallen heroes, Buhari and Vice-President, representative of the Senate President and the Speaker, House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamiala laid wreaths at the tomb of the unknown soldiers.
This was followed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko while the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello laid the wreath at the same time.
Others, who joined in laying the wreath, included some cabinet ministers while the service chiefs performed the laying ceremony at the same time followed by the National Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, retired Brig.-Gen. Jones Akpa as well as the representative of Widows of the fallen heroes.
Buhari later signed the anniversary register after which he was supported by the other dignitaries to release some white pigeons to signify peace in the land.