The Nigerian Legion in Gombe State on Friday appealed to the government to assist the wives and families of soldiers who lost their lives while serving the country.
Chairman of the legion in the state, Sergeant Adamu Dogo (retd), made the appeal during the launch of the emblem appeal fund for the 2021/2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
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He noted that about 70 per cent of women at the event were widows of the fallen heroes.
He, therefore, called on Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to consider government empowerment programmes for the widows.
Dogo also called on the people of the state to donate generously for the sake of the widows, orphans, and dependents of the deceased soldiers “who paid the supreme price while serving to ensure that Nigeria remains safe, peaceful, and united.”
He also appealed for the renovation of the state office of the legions, which, he said, was dilapidated and needed immediate renovation.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Jatau, announced the state government’s donation of N5 million and a personal donation of N1.1 million to the legion.
Jatau who represented Governor Inuwa Yahaya at the occasion urged other residents of the state to also assist the legions and families of the fallen heroes.