Jonathan, Uduaghan, Others Honour Fallen Heroes

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, led leaders of the legislature, judiciary, military and para-military organisations to honour Nigeria’s fallen heroes.
They performed the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day wreath laying ceremony at the National Arcade, Abuja.
The 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day with the theme: “Appreciating the Nigerian Armed Forces”, started at 10 a.m. with the arrival at the arcade by the President, who is also the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Legion.
Upon the arrival of the President, there was a general salute, rendition of the National Anthem and inspection of parade.
Prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of departed heroes and for peace, security and unity of the nation by Christian and Muslim clerics.
Shortly after the prayers, the President laid a wreath, followed by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, the Senate President, Sen. David Mark, and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha.
Others who also laid wreaths include the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmoud Mohammed, the Minister of Defence, Lt-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd), and the FCT Minister, Malam Bala Mohammed.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Adm. Usman Jibrin, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu also laid wreaths.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and the High Commissioner of Mali to Nigeria, Mr. Mahamane Maiga, and the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Col. Micah Gayya (rtd), also laid wreaths.
After the wreath-laying, military and para-military men on parade fired guns shots and saluted.
Thereafter, President Jonathan released white pigeons, which signifies freedom, unity, peace and harmony for the country and also signed the register.
The annual ceremony is held to honour and remember fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and unity of the country.
The ceremony is also meant to appreciate members of the Armed Forces who survived various wars.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is globally celebrated on November 11 to honour members of the armed forces who died during the First and Second World wars.
However, in order to reflect Nigeria’s peculiar historical experience, January 15 of every year was set aside to commemorate the end of the Nigerian civil war.
The ceremony was attended by the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki , the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Dalandi Kifasi, ministers and other senior government officials.
Also in attendance were members of the armed forces and their wives, members of the Nigerian Legion and some widows of the departed heroes.
In Delta State, it was a solemn ceremony in Asaba, as the state Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan led prominent Nigerians to lay wreaths at the foot of the statute of the unknown Soldier as part of activities to conclude the year, 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.
Governor Uduaghan inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Airforce, members of the Nigerian Legion, among others at the cenotaph.
It was a solemn ceremony as Governor Uduaghan, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, the Chief Judge, Justice Abiodun Smith; Commandants of different security agencies in the state, traditional rulers, religious leaders and chairman, Nigerian Legion, among others laidd wreaths at the ceremony.
Also, there was 21 gun salute in honour of the fallen heroes while pigeons were released to signal peace.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retired), has urged members of the Nigerian Armed Forces to remain focused to the tenets of their profession.
Buhari made the appeal in a statement issued in Abuja by Mallam Garba Shehu, Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Organisation.
The statement was issued in commemoration of the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
“I urge you all in the armed forces to remain apolitical and focus on the ethos of discipline which is the hallmark of your profession”, he said.
Buhari condoled with families of members of the Nigerian Armed Forces who lost their lives in various military operations.
The retired general said that the Nigerian military had accomplished much in building and ensuring global security and peace.
“This, they have done, in conjunction with the Armed Forces of other nations as was experienced in Congo, Sierra-Leone, Liberia, Lebanon and other areas’’, he said.