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Group lights candles for fallen heroes
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Group lights candles for fallen heroes

Yvonne Williams

Nigerian Fallen Heroes, an NGO, on Thursday in Abuja lit candles in remembrance of Nigerian soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for the unity of the nation.

Founder of the NGO, Ms Amanda Mustapha, said the candle light was to demonstrate that Nigerians had not forgotten the fallen heroes.

Mustapha said the event was also to support the families of the dead soldiers.

“I stand before you today as a Nigerian youth to honour and pay respect to the men and women in the armed forces that had paid the ultimate price for our nation.

“They are truly the heroes and to them we are eternally grateful’’, she said.

Mustapha appealed to Nigerians to assist the relations of the fallen soldiers and extend same to those fighting the insurgents in the North East.

“Nigeria, in the current fight against insurgency, has lost a lot of people and the families they have left behind should be protected, preserved and taken care of’’, she said.

Brig.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas thanked the group for organising the event. “I appreciate that someone outside the military can really come out to light candles for the military.

“We are really very grateful to them and we implore other Nigerians to key into this and come up with programmes to appreciate the Nigerian military’’, he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Armed Forces/Remembrance Day is an annual event held on Jan. 15 to honour Nigeria’s fallen heroes.