As Nigeria marks this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the Nigerian Army has vowed that it will continue to celebrate officers and men of the Armed forces who are still in active service for their resilience and resolve in ensuring the country is secured.
While making this known during a Badminton tournament in Minna, the Commander 31 Artillery Brigade, Military Cantonment, Minna, the Chief of Doctrine and Combat Development, Major General Jamiu Abdulmuminu Lawal Jimoh said the tournament is part of activities lined up to celebrate the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day,
Major General Jimoh said, the Army also celebrates the fallen heroes who have made sacrifices and paid the supreme prize for the peaceful co-existence of the country.
According to him “we are celebrating ourselves, those of us who are still living, those who have lost one of their parts like limbs, and others who have left the army due to retirement”.
Speaking shortly after the finals of the mini badminton tournament organized by the Cantonment, Major General Jimoh who was the special guest of honour said the essence was mainly to celebrate the Army both living and dead.
He urged officers and men of the Army to put in all their efforts to protect life’s and properties of Nigerians as directed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Abiodun Lagbaja whom he said is working hard to ensure that all the resources required is provided for the training and welfare of the soldiers.
Accordingly, he said “this is the time we should celebrate ourselves, even though we are occupied in all theaters of operations, internal security operations and other duties, the success of these operations in various duties is what we are celebrating today”.
Major General Lawal Jimoh had earlier congratulated those that participated in the competition as well as the winners, and urged those that could not make it to work harder.
Also speaking, the Commander, Headquarters 31 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Hamidu Bobbo noted that apart from celebrating the fallen heros, the competition was basically to bring everyone together to celebrate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
While explaining that the tournament was opened to Officers, Soldiers, Corps Members as well as civilians in the cantonment, Brigadier General Hamidu explained that the tournament will hold from time to time.
At the end of the competition, team H emerged the overall winner, team D emerged second runner up while team E came 3rd.
Highlights of the competition was the symbolic presentation of medals to players and trophy to the winners as well as group photograph.