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Nigeria Honors Its Armed Forces
Kano state governor leads wreath laying
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2008-01-16 12:51 (KST)   
Nigerians ended a week-long Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration on Jan. 15, conducting prayers, launching the Emblem Fund and honoring the fallen heroes who served during the first and second world wars and who lost their lives as a result of Nigeria's internal conflicts.

Kano State Governor Malam Ibrahim Shekarau led the remembrance activities throughout the week. He also led the wreath laying at Malam Kato Square in the ancient city of Kano, where some of the heroes were laid to rest.

In attendance were the retired army veterans who also served during the first and second world wars, and many other important personalities.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Army told journalists that the government was making a serious effort to enhance the lives of the families of the country's fallen heroes, and those heroes who are still alive.

"The Federal government has mounted efforts so far in enhancing the lives of Nigerian soldiers. I therefore enjoined states and local governments across Nigeria to join the crusade."

In another development, hundreds of army veterans who served during the first and second world wars received their pensions on Jan. 14, after many years of struggles and follow up.

Kano state army commandants attending the event.
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Second in command of the Kano Traditional Emirate Council is led to his sit on arrival at Malam Kato Square.
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Nigerian Army awaits the arrival of Kano governor.
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Kano Governor Malam Ibrahim Shekarau watches as the army parades.
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Shekarau is led to the honorary parade for fallen heroes.
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A cross section of Nigerian army veterans who served during the first and second world wars.
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Servicewoman presents gifts to a commandant for the fallen heroes.
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A symbol of Nigeria's fallen heroes at Malam Kato Square.
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