2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day rolls out in Jos

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Buratai, Army Chief of Staff

The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is an annual event and a week-long program that begins with the Emblem Appeal week and ends with the Laying of Wreaths.

This year, Plateau state witnessed the Laying of Wreaths by governor of the state, Barr Simon Lalong. His deputy, Police Commissioner, Director SSS, GOC and traditional rulers, among others, were at the JD Gowmwalk Secretariat round-about in Jos on Friday, for the event.

In his address to newsmen at the occasion, Governor Lalong solicited for the cooperation of Nigerians in the developmental strides of the state. He said the contributions of the Nigerian Army in the peace process can never be overlooked, and assured his administration’s readiness to partner with them for the return of peace.

The week was set aside to honour Nigeria’s fallen heroes who fought in the First and Second World Wars, retired and serving heroes in different peace support operations within and outside the country, especially those who fought in the Nigerian Civil War.

Conscience Triumph gathered that the initial day for the celebration is 11th of November every year, but in Nigeria it is 15th of January every year, to mark the significant days, which include the end of the Nigerian Civil War and the quest to keep the unity of the nation.

It’s also observed for the dead as well as the living heroes, ex-servicemen, children and wives of the dead and the living, and other dependents that would be catered for.

This is because some Ex-servicemen are well off, while majority of them find it difficult to make ends meet for their families. This celebration was, therefore, a unique occasion for the government and the society for sober reflection on the plight of the dead and the living heroes with a resolve to minimize their suffering.

It’s also observed for the dead as well as the living heroes, ex-servicemen, children and wives of the dead and the living, and other dependents that would be catered for.

This is because some Ex-servicemen are well off, while majority of them find it difficult to make ends meet for their families. This celebration was, therefore, a unique occasion for the government and the society for sober reflection on the plight of the dead and the living heroes with a resolve to minimize their suffering.

These people gave their lives so that this nation can live in peace today, and it is to remind Nigerians of the sacrifices and the need to alleviate the suffering of those who laid down their lives in the interest of unity, peace and tranquility of the nation.

The theme of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day was, “Motivating the Nigerian Armed Forces for Effective Service Delivery.”

As usual, the event began with the Emblem Appeal week, which joined with Jumma’at Prayers on 8th January, 2016, and Interdenominational Church Service on the 10th of January, 2016, followed by the Laying of Wreaths to end the occasion.

Prayers were offered for the departed souls and the families of those who lost their lives during the Nigerian Civil War, by  the Catholic, Protestant and the Chief Imam of 3 Armoured Division. A one-minute silence was also observed in memory of the fallen heroes.

Also prominent at the event was former ECOMOG commander, Rtd LT General Joshua Nimmyel Dogonyaro, who disclosed that, “Nigerians must put aside political, religious and ethnic differences for peace to reign.” He said this, while speaking to newsmen in Jos shortly at the end of the event on Friday.

He said, “fifty years after the civil war, a lot of work need to be done before Nigeria will enjoy total unity.”

He thanked God and prayed for the people of Plateau state and the world in general to learn to accept one another and embrace each other’s mistakes.

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