Members of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) took time from all other duties on Saturday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to host a fitness forum as part of activities commemorating this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC).
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated in Nigeria annually on January 15 in commemoration of the end of the Nigerian Civil War on January 15, 1970.
The annual event also celebrates the Nigeria’s living and fallen heroes of the First and Second World Wars, as well as those who paid the supreme price in the line of duty in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations.
Individually and collectively, the three services of the Armed Forces of Nigeria – the Nigerian Army (NA), the Nigerian Navy (NN) and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) – have in the last two days organised series of sporting events to mark the 2023 celebration.
Speaking at the association’s fitness exercise, the President of NAOWA and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs. Salamatu Yahaya, said that the event was organised to celebrate the nation’s fallen and living heroes who had sacrificed to keep Nigeria strong.
Mrs. Yahaya explained that the fitness event aimed at re-emphasising team spirit and resilience, attributes, which, according to her, the fallen heroes represented.
She said that the participants of the event were wives of both serving and retired military personnel, as well as widows of the fallen heroes to show that they would never be forgotten.
Nigeria, according to the Army Chief’s wife, recognises and appreciates the sacrifices of their spouses in their services to the nation.
“This is one way of celebrating their spouses by because when you celebrate people it shows that their services were recognised,” she said.
The NAOWA President thanked the participants for the display of team spirit and urged them to continue to display same at family level.
The event featured aerobics dance and handball competition, among others.
The handball competition was between the NAOWA and the Navy Officers Wives Association (NOWA) teams which was won by the NAOWA team by two goals to one.
At the event were the President of the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), Hajiya Hajara Alkali and representatives of NOWA and the Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA), as well as wives of some retired senior military officers.
Trophies, medals and other prizes had been dispensed to participants.
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