January 15, which is Nigeria’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day is a day set aside each year to remember and honour all the fallen heroes, and this year’s event is highly important as the Nigerian military has been involved in the war against insurgents in the north eastern part of the country.
To mark this year’s edition, the Federal Government urged Nigerians to spare a thought for those who have given their lives to ensure the peace and unity of the country.
Formal procedures are usually held across the country and include march pasts and laying of wreath at the grave of the unknown soldier.
In Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan led government officials to lay wreaths at the tomb of soldiers.
The event which is used to honour the veterans who are alive as well as the families of the departed also featured inspection of guard of honour by the president as mounted by the guards brigade.
Government officials who joined the president in the ceremony include Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep Emeka Ihedioha.
In an interview after the event, the Senate President, David Mark and the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Bade told journalists that the protection of the territorial integrity of Nigeria from any internal or external aggression cannot be questioned.
They also noted that the Nigerian Armed Forces in a matter of time will overcome the challenges of terror.