President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday presided over the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Abuja, where he, alongside, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo laid wreaths in honour of the country’s fallen servicemen.
The weekend ceremony marked the end of the series of activities which began on October 28, 2021 being the day President Buhari launched the remembrance emblem at the presidential villa, in Abuja.
Highlights of the Saturday’s ceremony which took place at the National Arcade adjacent to the Eagle Square in the Three Arms Zone, Abuja, include the Presidential inspection of a Guard of Honour mounted by detachments of the Nigerian Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Nigerian Legion.
Likewise, it also featured the prayer sessions led by Christian and Muslim clerics, where leaders prayed for the peaceful repose of the souls of the dead and the health of Nigeria.
In performing the yearly memorial honour for the fallen heroes, President Buhari laid a wreaths on the Tomb of the “Unknown Soldier” as a mark of last respect to for the servicemen who paid the supreme price to preserve Nigeria’s territorial integrity and peace globally.
Also, in honour of the country’s past heroes, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, laid the second wreath in paying his last respect.
Other who laid wreaths at the ceremony were Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello represented by his Minister of State, Ramatu Aliyu, and the Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd), Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, service chiefs, the Nigerian Legion, among others.
To wrap up the programme for the day, three volleys of 21 gun salute were fired into the air, followed by the signing of the Remembrance Day anniversary register by the President accompanied by the Vice President and heads of the other branches of government, military chiefs and other top government officials, after which the President released white pigeons as an indication of national peace and harmony.