President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday led Nigerians in honouring the memory of fallen heroes during the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Abuja.
The activities started October 28, 2021, when the President launched the remembrance emblem at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Earlier in the week, a memorial Christian service was held at the National Ecumenical Centre, on Sunday, while a special Islamic service and prayers were held on Friday at the National Mosque, both in Abuja.
During Saturday’s ceremony, which took place at the National Arcade, opposite the Eagle Square in the Three Arms Zone, the President inspected a Guard of Honour, mounted by detachments of the Nigerian Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Nigerian Legion.
He also laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as a mark of last respect to the fallen heroes who paid the supreme price to keep global peace and the nation’s territorial integrity.
Others who laid wreaths were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Bello, represented by the Minister of State, Hajia Ramatu Aliyu; and the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), also laid wreaths at the event.
Others includes chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Service Chiefs and the Nigerian Legion, among others.
Three volleys of 21 gun salute were fired at the event followed by the signing of the Remembrance Day anniversary register by the president accompanied by heads of the other branches of government, military chiefs and other top officials of government.
President Buhari thereafter released white pigeons to indicate the harmony at the venue and the nation.