President Muhammadu Buhari has led other top government functionaries, including service chiefs and members of the diplomatic corps to honour the nation’s fallen and living heroes.
The event took place on Wednesday at the National Arcade in Abuja with the laying of wreaths to celebrate the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC).
First to lay the wreath was the President, followed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives and Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The 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.
In Kaduna, Governor Nasir el-Rufai performed the event at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
AFRDC is held annually 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.