Public Relations Officer, PRO, Nigerian Legion, Anambra State chapter, Comrade Gilbert Okoye, revealed yesterday that the body was almost at the stage of comatose before former governor, Mr. Peter Obi came to its rescue.
Disclosing this to newsmen at Ogidi, Idemili North local government area headquarters, Comrade Okoye stated that, “the state chapter of the Nigerian Legion was in shambles and almost dead before former Governor, Peter Obi came to our rescue by giving us a bus to solve some of our logistics problems.
“When we went to national conventions we had to personally pay for our transport fare because we had no vehicles and other states would come with theirs. But Obi gave us a bus which helps us a lot.” Okoye further said that Obi also gave them N5million as a take-off grant for the building of their Secretariat at Awka and pledged to assist them in agricultural development scheme.
According to him, “We want to have a building of our own so that when we have a function at Awka we will use our building and avoid hotels because we are retirees and don’t have the money to throw about.
“Unfortunately, the land that a one-time governor of the state, Chinwoke Mbadinuju gave to us was revoked during former Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige’s regime.”
The PRO who also doubles as the Idemili North chapter deputy chairman of the Nigerian Legion, regretted that since the exit of Obi, succour has not come their way from anybody by way of funding to enable them forge ahead.
He however expressed optimism that Governor Willie Obiano would come to their rescue, adding that, “all over the world the veterans are being funded by the state governors.
“For about two years now, the armed forces remembrance day has not been performed at the local government level and it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Women Affairs to see to the funding of the local government level of the legion to carry out the ceremony each year”, he disclosed.
Comrade Okoye regretted that the quota of the state and the south east in the recruitment into the Nigerian Army is not being filled because their children are not being encouraged to enroll.

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