The celebration of the Nigeria Armed Forces Remembrance Day has come and gone, with jubilation. It’s a day set aside in honor of falling heroes, who fought for this country and died, including those, who fought in the Civil War.
It was formerly celebrated on the 11th November of every year to coincide with the Remembrance Day (Poppy Day) for the World War II Veterans in the British Commonwealth of Nations, while in Nigeria it’s being celebrated on the 15 January every year.
Speaking during the celebration, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State commended the Nigerian Army for gallantly fighting against the dreaded Book Haram insurgents in the North-East – an action, which has recorded great success in the return of peace.
He made this known on Sunday during the laying-of-wreaths, in honor of the falling heroes, to mark the remembrance of the Nigerian Army, who have sacrificed towards consolidation of harmonious peaceful coexistence, at the Joseph Gwomwalk Secretariat Round-About in Jos, Plateau State.
The governor, who performed the laying-of-wreath, was followed by the Speaker, plateau state House of Assembly, Honorable Peter Azi; Chief Judge Pius Damulak; GOC, 3rd Armored Division Jos, Major-General P J Dauke; Commander, Nigeria Air Force; Commissioner of Police Command; Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other senior military and paramilitary serving and retired officers.
Pigeons to signify the return of peace and unity in the state and the country at large were released by the governor.
He said, “It is in view of this that Nigeria holds its own celebration every January 15th, and this tally with our historical development.
“This celebration is not only unique, but it is to every Nigerian as we use this golden opportunity to pay tributes to our Armed Forces and, indeed, other members of the security agencies, who have laid down their lives in the defence of the unity of this country, as a result of the current security challenges that have bedeviled our dear country.”
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the laying-of-wreaths, the governor expressed excitement with resilience of men of the Armed Forces, especially in respect to the security situation in the recent years.
As the governor put it, “We are also celebrating the return of the Chibok Girls that were captured by the Boko Haram and the complete takeover of the Sambisa Forest.
“We are showing our gratitude to the Armed Forces with the protection and ensuring that we have peace in the state and the country,” adding that, “this administration accords priority to support the security agencies in their discharge of official duties.”
He commended the security operatives for hosting the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, and said that the President is committed to the current struggle, hard-working and assurance to take care of the families of the fallen heroes as a necessity, which cannot be compromised.