By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
The Nigeria legion has begged President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aid by liberating them from hardship.
The ex-service men asked President Buhari to remember that he is also a retired soldier and give them required recognition they deserved for their service to Nigeria.
The Osun state Chairman of Nigerian Legion, Col. Alimi Samotu (Rtd) made this know at the weekend, during the flagging off of Nigerian Corps of Commissionaire’s at Osun Legion Office in Osogbo, Osun state capital.
The retired colonel, who doubles as Deputy Commandant-General, Corps of Commissionaire, condemned the way ex-service men are been treated in Nigeria saying there were being treated like animals.
“We are treated like dogs by the Federal Government as some of us are seriously suffering in silence.
“President Buhari is one of us, he too is aware of our plight, and he knows how to treat us but he continue promising us,” Samotu lamented.
Declaring open the eight weeks training of the corps, Samotu urged the trainee to be good ambassadors of the country and the Nigeria Legion.
He said the Corps was organized to provide legal security to both government and private organizations and give prompt information to the security agencies.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Corps Commander, Ondo State Commandant, Mr. Bola Eludire said the new Corps would be working in collaboration with other security personnel to curb criminal activities.
According to him, the first batch of the corps in the state that would commence the eight weeks training immediately involves both male and female.
Meanwhile, the National Training Coordinator, Mr. Obey Oluwole has charged the corps to see their duty as a call to service in their various duty posts.
Similarly, the Corps Commander, National Logistics, Mr. Adeagbo Julius who represented the National Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Col. Miccah Gayya (Rtd) felicitated with the first batch of the corps in Osun saying the organization has been in Nigerian constitution since 1962 in which the Nigerian Legion gave birth to in order to fight crime.
According to him, they have already flagged off the corps in about sixteen (16) states of federation while admonishing the new officers to be serious, loyal and committed to their assignments.