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Nigeria: Remembrance Day (2023)

Today, January 15, is marked in the history of Nigeria, as the Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD), commonly referred to as Remembrance Day, to commemorate the veterans and military troops that serve in the Nigerian Armed Forces. On January 15 1970, under General Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria received the instrument of surrender from Philip Effiong, the last President of the Republic of Biafra, signaling an end to the civil war that almost divided the country.

From 1967 to 1970, Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a historically unrecognized or partially recognized country that consisted of predominantly Igbo residents. The country was formed by military officer Chukwuemeka¬†Odumegwu Ojukwu, after a Nigerian coup d’etat in 1966.

January 15 marks the end of the Nigerian Civil War that led to the destruction of lives, and inhuman treatment of various affected groups.