The first stanza of the Nigeria National Anthem from the fifth to the sixth line state clearly that “The labour of our heroes past, shall never be in vain”, A lot of our heroes from the different ethnic groups that make up Nigeria lost their lives in the fight to keep the nation in peace. On this Armed Forces Remembrance Day, we join the nation to salute our fallen heroes who fell that the Nation Nigeria can rise.
Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated every year on the 15th of January and it is a day set apart to celebrate and honour Men of the Armed Forces both those who are alive and still in service and also those who lost their lives in the line of duty for the Peace and Safety of the nation. The date for this celebration was changed to January 15th as that day marked the end of the Civil War in the year 1970.
Over the years, the Nigerian Armed Forces have been experiencing countless loss of many heroes who have fallen as a result of the various kinds of violence in different parts of the country; from the Boko Haram insurgency to the Militant operation in the South-South and Herdsmen killings in the Middlebelt. These men died leaving their loved ones and families in sorrow.
On this year 2020 occasion of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) calls on the government of the Federation to make better provisions for the security, safety and welfare of our troops in service and their families and enjoins Nigerians to rally in support of every effort to better the living conditions of the families of those who fall in active service. This Support, we believe will further help to protect the peace of our dear Nation, Nigeria.