The Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maugari Dingyadi, has urged Nigerians to support Nigeria Legion to enable it to perform its responsibility to the families and dependents of the fallen heroes in the country.
A press statement by the ministry’s Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Bolaji O. Kazeem, Friday in Abuja, said Dingyadi made the call during a courtesy visit of the officials of the Ministry of Defence and Nigeria Legion to the ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.
He said the minister disclosed that the ministry recognizes the responsibility of the Nigeria Legion in the course of achieving its mandate of assisting and supporting ex-servicemen, fallen heroes’ families and dependents in the country.
“Morality demand that all of us should dedicate whatever we have to support Nigeria Legion and I belief Nigeria Army in general and fallen heroes deserve our support in view of the numerous roles they played and efforts to keep and maintain the integrity of the sovereignty of the nation,” the minister stated.
Dingyadi added that the ministry also recognizes and salutes the huge support and cooperation of retired servicemen that have to continue to cooperate and support the government to proffer ideas on how to tackle insecurity in the country.
The spokesperson said earlier, the Chairman of Nigeria Legion, Major General Malik Audu Jubril, stated that since the establishment of Nigeria Legion in 1964 there has never been allocation from the federal government.
Jubril, who was represented by Dr. Uche N. Uche, however, said they have been soliciting support from Nigerians to perform their mandate.
He noted that the Act mandates them to take care of ex-servicemen, widows, widowers and dependents despite the increasing number of casualties and dependents.
Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) is an annual event to appreciate the gallantry, sacrifices, and accomplishment of veterans of the first and second World Wars as well as the efforts of members of the Armed Forces and the police in maintaining peace and security of lives and properties.