President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) , on Sunday, attended the last Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration as Buhari and Osinbajo bow out of office on May 28.
Buhari , who led other top officials of his government, arrived at the National Arcade, Abuja, the venue of the event, at about 10:05 am, while he was immediately ushered onto the saluting dais for the National Salute.
The President, who inspected the Guards of Honour, accompanied by the Commander, Brigade of Guards, Major General Muhammad Takuti Usman, later proceeded to the Cenotaph for the Wreath Laying Ceremony.
After the President, other dignitaries that laid wreaths were Osinbajo; Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
Others who laid wreaths included the Ministers of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello; the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor and the service chiefs and as well as the Inspector-General General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba; representatives of members of the Diplomatic Corps; and the pair of the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion and a widow of a fallen officer.
Buhari also performed the symbolic freeing of white doves out of cage during the event, being the last wreath laying ceremony as President and Commander-in-Chief.
Members of the Federal Executive Council, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, ProF Ibrahim Gambari; the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), Permanent Secretaries and other dignitaries attended the event.
It is important to note that Nigeria’s fallen heroes were honoured in different parts of the country on Sunday in commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The annual celebration, which holds every January 15, features parade by armed forces across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and the laying of wreaths.