As part of activities lined up ahead of the May 29 handing over of power to the incoming administration, the Defence Headquarters on Tuesday held a Regimental Dinner in honor of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The dinner, which was held in the newly built ultramodern Armed Forces Officers’ Mess at Lungi Barracks in Asokoro, had top government functionaries and heads of other security agencies in attendance.
Also, past service chiefs, serving and retired military generals were in attendance.
The president also inaugurated the mess on arrival before setting in for the regimental dinner.
The event was also used to relive the major events undertaken by Buhari as a military officer, then as head of state and now as a civilian president.
Buhari who was dressed in the Nigerian Air Force mess kit (uniform) was seen having a good time with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor.
Among the dignitaries at the event are the Africa’s richest businessman and Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele. Some state governors were also in attendance.
The Regimental Dinner Nights began far back in the 16th century in England, and it is one of the traditions held sacred by the military.
Traditionally, regimental dinners are held to increase regimentation and foster comradeship among senior and junior officers. It is held to honor heroes and celebrate victory in battles.