'Nigerian Legion Lost 38 Members To Boko Haram In Four Years'
BEVERLY HILLS, CA, January 08, (THEWILL) - The Nigerian Legion said on Wednesday that it has lost 38 of its men to the Boko Haram insurgency since the crisis started four years ago.
The Borno State chairman of the Legion, Staff Sgt.
Mustapha Ali (rtd), disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit on the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, at the Government House in Maiduguri, as part of the activities to commemorate the 2014 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
While soliciting for the assistance of the governor in procuring land to build houses for members of the Legion, Ali also asked the governor to provide them with vehicle for the running of the Nigerian Legion office in Borno State.
He informed the governor that though they may be old and out of service, their ears were open to hear the good things the governor has been doing to the people of the state and know that he has the magic wands to wipe away their tears.
According to Ali, as people who served the country and retired, some of the members of the Legion have no house where they hope to live peaceful for the rest of their lives as well as official vehicle, which they can use for the day-to-day running of their office.
He said this informed their decision to come to the governor who is the Grand Patron of the Legion in the state to help them with land for their members as well as provide vehicle to help them run their office.
"Since you assume this office, we have written to see you but there was no response.
We however feel that since we were able to see you today, we should let you know about our problems also.
We also want you to thank the General Officer Commanding (GOC) for his consideration because he has given us free medical care at the military hospital.
This is something we have not been enjoying in the past," Ali said.
In his response, Shettima directed the Commissioner for Housing to allocate some plots of land along the Maiduguri -Kano road layout for members of the Legion to build houses.
He also gave a personal donation of two Volkswagen Golf cars to them with a promise that the state will also look into the issue of mobility for running their office.
The governor also gave a cash gift of N3 million to the Legion for the celebration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.