•President Goodluck Jonathan laying wreath to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Abuja…yesterday.
President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo led other top government officials and service chiefs yesterday to lay wreaths in honour of soldiers, who died in active national service and international assignments.
January 15th every year is dedicated to remembering and appreciating departed Nigerian military men and their surviving colleagues, who have retired from active service.
The leaders laid wreaths at the National Arcade in the Three Arms Zone in Abuja, a month after the president launched this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem and Appeal.
The brief ceremony started at 10a.m. after the president arrived at the National Arcade and inspected the guard of honour.
Muslim and Christian officers prayed for the departed souls and the nation.
The president laid the wreath after a minute silence in honour of the dead.
The vice president, Senate President David Mark, House of Representatives’ Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, Chief Justice Mahmud Mohammed and Minister of Defence Aliyu Gusau were among top government officials, who also laid wreaths.
Others include Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Bala Mohammed and Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh, who led service chiefs, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Suleiman Abba and national chairman of the Nigerian Legion.
A 21-gun salute preceded the wreath-laying ceremony.
Jonathan led the dignitaries to release white pigeons at the arcade.
Other top government officials, including cabinet members, attended the ceremony.