Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and vice president Yemi Osinbajo have honoured Nigeria’s fallen heroes at the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, TOPNAIJA.Ng reports.
As a custom, January 15 is set aside annually to honour members of the military who fought and are still fighting in various theatres of conflict within Nigeria and across the world.
The day also celebrates the living among the Armed Forces who have suffered some form of deprivation, owing to their experience while on the battlefront.
It also marks the surrender of Biafra troops to the Federal troops which signalled the end of the Nigerian civil war that lasted from 1967 to 1970.
Officials of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and the Nigerian legion converge in different centres across the nation to celebrate the day with parades.
In the nation’s capital, President Buhari, Services Chiefs, the leadership of the National Assembly, judiciary and members of the diplomatic corps paid their respects to the heroes at the Remembrance Arcade in Abuja.
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Reacting to the developments, the Senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang has appealed to the Federal Government to use the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day to review the welfare of serving officers and men as well as retirees, “including dead benefits and wellbeing of surviving families”.
He also said as the Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, the Committee will initiate and engage necessary legislative interventions to further equip and empower the Armed Forces “to effectively undertake and deliver on their clearly defined constitutional responsibility”.
Gyang disclosed this through his Special Adviser Media and Protocol, Ibrahim Musa Ashoms, on the occasion of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, commemorated across the country.
He said, “As the nation marks the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, I salute officers and men of the Armed Forces and veterans alike who placed their lives on the line to secure the lives of citizens and preserve the territorial integrity of the nation.
Nigerians across the social media divide have come out to pour chilling, emotional, tributes to heroes that lost their lives on the battleline in defending their motherland.
This morning, we laid wreaths at the Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan, to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day. We salute the bravery of members of our armed forces and remain grateful for their sacrifices. May the souls of the departed members, rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/hmVKSVE6mo
— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) January 15, 2020
Anytime I went for a patrol, I would return with an attack on my heels. The insurgents always followed me back to the unit. It became like a curse…
This Armed Forces Remembrance Day, here are some amazing, inspiring, heatbreaking tales from the N/east frontlines. Dropping soon. pic.twitter.com/JGb1OJwX6e
— Mngusuul Uji (@brendauji) January 14, 2020
One of the greatest tragedies when we lose a soldier is the family left behind who have lost their hero. Soldiers are giving their lives in service of Nigeria. Today marked the Nigerian Armed forces Remembrance Day.Say a prayer to all our fallen heroes. pic.twitter.com/7WRKYj7uFf
— Aircraft_Engineer?? (@engr_muaz) January 15, 2020
Armed Forces Remembrance Day
A day to celebrate officers who lost their lives protecting ours.
Rest In Peace Selfless Heroes ?? pic.twitter.com/57x6X9jNOl
— Táíwò Àlàbí HO2/ Educated Marlian (@taiwoalabiho2) January 15, 2020
This morning, I led the Government and the good people of Akwa Ibom State to attend the Inter-denominational Thanksgiving Service to mark 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at Word Tabernacle, Osongama Estate, Uyo. pic.twitter.com/JWL0Rt1sq4
— Udom Emmanuel (@MrUdomEmmanuel) January 12, 2020
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The 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day!
It’s a day to consciously be thankful & prayerful to the men & women of the Nigerian armed forces who lost their lives while protecting the country.
May their souls Rest In Peace! pic.twitter.com/qzcVIxGIG5
— Ibrahim Ismail (@ib__ism) January 15, 2020
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