The Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Dingyadi, has urged Nigerians to support the Nigeria Legion to enable it to perform its responsibility to families and dependents of fallen heroes.
He made the call during a courtesy visit by officials of the Ministry of Defence and Nigeria Legion led by Dr. Uche N. Uche to the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
The Head of Press and Public Relations Unit, Bolaji O. Kazeem, in a statement Friday in Abuja, quoted the minister as saying that the Ministry recognised 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 demands that all of us should dedicate whatever we have to support the Nigeria Legion and I believe 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,” he said.
Earlier, the chairman of Nigeria Legion, Maj.-Gen. Malik Audu Jubril, represented by Dr. Uche, said since the establishment of Nigeria Legion in 1964, there was no allocation from the federal government however, 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.