An eight-foot statue erected in memory of Nigerian civil war victims was unveiled at the Idunmota Cenotaph, Lagos on Sunday (8 November).
An eight-foot statue erected in memory of Nigerian civil war victims was unveiled at the Idunmota Cenotaph, Lagos on Sunday (8 November). Head of State Major-General Yakubu Gowon was present at the Ceremony and placed a wreath at the foot of the statue.
The dedication of the statue, a gift from the people and government of Kano state in the north, coincided with ceremonies arranged in remembrance of those who died in the two world wars.
The 36-year-old General said the statue was dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in defence of Nigeria's unity and sovereignty. He prayed that the souls of the several thousands who died in the 30-month civil war with the former secessionist Biafran forces might rest in peace.
The brief ceremony at the cenotaph was watched by a large crowd of Nigerians and some foreign diplomats. Units of the armed forces and ex-servicemen were on parade, and General Gowon took the salute as the soldiers marched past.
Named "Soldier of Peace", the statue represents a Nigerian soldier carrying a sub-machine gun and posed for action. It was produced by a Kano-based Italian sculptor and painter, Riccardo Micheletti.