Nnamani rallies support for Nigerian Legion
January 9, 2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has advised the leadership of the Enugu State Council of the Nigerian Legion to resolve their differences and work together in the best interest of their members.

Governor Nnamani who gave the advice during the launching of the 2006 Armed Forces Remembrance Appeal at Okpara Square, Enugu, noted with regret what he described as tension among members of the Legion in the state.

The Governor, who was represented at the ceremony by his deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, reminded them of the need for peace, mutual understanding and tolerance in their organization.

He assured them that his government would continue to support them within the limit of its resources and also used the occasion to appeal to all those who made pledges to the Legion in the past years to redeem them without further delay.

The State Chief Executive urged members of the Legion to intensify efforts towards the recovery of the pledges and also to look inwards on how to generate funds internally to support themselves.

He praised the sacrifice and gallantry of the fallen heroes who gave their lives during the World Wars, and the Nigerian Civil War, defending their fatherland as well as for their role in the various peace keeping operations in parts of the globe.

The Governor said that the best thing Nigeria could do for the departed heroes is to continue to pray for the repose of their souls and render assistance to their dependants.

In his speech, the state Chairman of the Legion, Chief Fabian Adon, traced the history of the of the Nigerian Legion, adding that since 1945, the Nigerian Armed Forces had been at various times engaged in a number of military operations, both within and outside the country.

Chief Adon noted that many of the heroes who fought during the wars had died, "but some are still alive and in our midst in a very miserable conditions and with families".

He disclosed that a tour the legion undertook to the sick and bedridden in twelve out of the seventeen council areas of the state showed an alarming number of their members who were down with stroke and allied ailments without adequate medicare.

The State Legion Chairman thanked the State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, for his consistent and prompt handsome donations to the body, adding that "as a matter of fact, the record of Governor Nnamani is yet to be equaled in the history of the Nigerian Legion, Enugu State.”

He therefore appealed to the Governor to assist them to ensure that those who made pledges to them in the past years redeemed them while all Nigerians should show more humane attitude towards the affairs of the national heroes.

Chief Adon announced that in 2005 alone, they spent the sum of five hundred thousand naira on the welfare of their members, especially the sick, bedridden, the dead and on condolences.

He therefore appealed for more donations and redemption of pledges to enable them continue to sustain the welfare of the scheme.

Meanwhile an interdenominational church service was held at the week-end at the Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd, Independence Layout, Enugu, as part of the activities to mark the Armed Forces Week. The State Governor, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, was represented by his Deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi during the service officiated by the Bishops of Enugu Diocese of the Anglican Church Communion, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, who charged Nigerians to continue to show concern and interest in the welfare of the fallen heroes and their families.


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