Tinubu leads govt bigwigs to National Arcade to honour fallen heroes

President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, January 15, led other senior government officials to the National Arcade, Abuja, to commemorate this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.

On arrival, President Tinubu, as the Special Guest of Honour, took his place at the saluting Dias for the National Salute.

Subsequently, he conducted an inspection of the 120-member Guards of Honour, accompanied by the Commander, Guards Brigade, Brigadier General Adebisi Onasanya.

This marked a historic moment for President Tinubu, as it was the first time, he reviewed the parade at the National Arcade in his official capacity as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, following his election victory and swearing-in ceremony on May 29, 2023.

The pre-wreath laying ceremony climaxed with the Last Post, a solemn tribute from the firing party, honouring the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives in the service of Nigeria.

Heartfelt prayers, led by military Chaplains and Imam, were offered for peace and stability of the nation, soldiers on the frontlines, political leaders, and commanders at various levels engaged in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

A minute of silence followed, paying homage to these heroes, while the wreath-laying commenced with the sounding of an artillery gun salute.

The firing party and the dignitaries, including President Tinubu, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, and other notable dignitaries, moved in slow time towards the Cenotaph.


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