The 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day was held yesterday at the National Arcade in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Remembrance Day is celebrated every January 15th to commemorate the servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
It also honors veterans of World War I and II, as well as the Nigerian Civil War.
Dignitaries present include President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Others are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), the FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello among other top government dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps.
On the part of the Service Chiefs, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air-Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
One interesting aspect of this year’s event is that it is the first to be celebrated amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, military personnel, government officials, and guests all put on their facemasks while observing social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.