Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day Commemorated in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The Defence Adviser, Brigadier General Oseni Omoh Braimah, along with his spouse, hosted a reception to mark the Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day. Vice Admiral Abid Hameed Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Material), graced the occasion as the chief guest. The event was attended by high commissioners, ambassadors, senior military officers of the Pakistan Armed Forces, defence advisers, attachés from various countries, Charge d’Affaires of the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Islamabad, Babagana Ahmadu, and acting Dean of the diplomatic corps, Ambassador of Morocco, Mohamed Karmoune.
Addressing the gathering, Brigadier General Oseni Omoh Braimah highlighted the Nigerian Armed Forces’ partnerships with friendly countries, including Pakistan, in their shared goal of building a peaceful and prosperous nation and contributing to a better world. He expressed gratitude to the Pakistan Armed Forces for their crucial role as a key ally.
The Defence Adviser paid tribute to fallen comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice for Nigeria’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. He emphasized the importance of celebrating the dedication of colleagues serving both within and outside Nigeria, contributing to the country’s well-being and global peace.
Reflecting on the history of the Nigerian Armed Forces, General Braimah acknowledged their growth from a small constabulary force in 1863 to a modern tri-service entity. He highlighted the troops’ selfless sacrifices during world wars, United Nations missions, and peacekeeping efforts in West African countries. The celebration aimed to project the Nigerian Armed Forces as a force for regional stability, national pride, unity, and development.
General Braimah underscored Nigeria’s continuous collaboration with friendly countries, especially in addressing shared threats like terrorism. He expressed gratitude for the support of the Pakistan Armed Forces in countering the menace of terrorism, acknowledging the effective defeat of Boko Haram and ongoing stabilization efforts.
The Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day, observed annually on January 15, honors fallen heroes and veterans who fought in various wars and conflicts. It also commemorates the end of the Nigerian civil war. General Braimah emphasized the celebration’s role in projecting the Nigerian Armed Forces as instruments of national unity, integration, and development.
He acknowledged Pakistan’s partnership with the Armed Forces of Nigeria in sharing experiences, training, exercises, equipment maintenance, and the induction of cutting-edge platforms like the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft and the multi-role JF 17 Thunder Fighter. The collaboration with various countries, including Pakistan, has assisted the Armed Forces of Nigeria in adapting to evolving security challenges and changing dynamics.

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