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Nigeria Commemorates Armed Forces Remembrance Day

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The Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD), also simply known as Remembrance Day, is a public holiday in Nigeria celebrated on January 15 to commemorate the servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

It also honors veterans of the World War I and II as well as the Nigerian Civil War.

Being a former British colony, Remembrance Day was formerly celebrated on November 11 as Poppy Day in honor of the end of the First World War.

Upon the government victory, against Biafran troops on January 15, 1970, the holiday was moved off the calendar of the Commonwealth of Nations and was changed to January 15 in commemoration of the conclusion of the Nigerian Civil War that sought to tear apart the unity of Nigeria.

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 15, 2020 (today) is celebrating the day by attending a ceremonial event at the Eagles square in Abuja the nation’s capital.

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