Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, on Friday, donated N20 million to the Nigerian Legion, assuring that their sacrifices to keep Nigeria an indivisible country would never go in vain.
Bagudu stated this at the launching of 2022 Emblem Appeal Week at the Government House, Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.
The governor expressed profound appreciation to the Nigerian legion for their sacrifices which, according to him, kept Nigeria as an indivisible country.
He acknowledged that security agencies performed creditably and gallantly well with an indelible record in the annals of the history of Nigeria.
The governor specifically mentioned the supreme sacrifice by members of the Armed Forces during the first and second world wars as well as during the Nigerian civil war and other conflict zones in the country.
Bagudu made it clear that the nation would continue to hold them in high esteem and honour for their patriotism, nationalism, and sacrifice.
He commended the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the Nigerian Custom, the Nigerian Correctional Service, the Department of State Security, Vigilante, and self volunteer groups for their services to Kebbi State and Nigeria at large.
The governor emphasized the importance of mobilizing more resources to security agencies towards meeting the challenges of modern combat operations.
Bagudu appreciated the efforts of security agencies in the state for keeping Kebbi relatively peaceful.
Secretary to the Kebbi State Government (SSG), Babale Umar-Yauri, announced the donation of N20 million by the State Government to the Kebbi State chapter of the legion in commemoration of the week.
The SSG and the Acting Head of Service, Alhaji Sufyanu Garba-Bena, announced personal and collective donations from Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, and Special Advisers in support of the Emblem Appeal Week.
Similarly, the Commissioner of Police, Kebbi State, CP Musa Baba, pledged collective donations from all the security agencies in the state to the state chapter of the Nigerian Legion.
Earlier, the state Chairman of Nigerian Legionnaires, Rtd. Staff Sgt. Umar Garba commended Gov. Bagudu for his much concern for the welfare of the Legionnaires in the state.
“The general donation of N30 million to Nigerian Legion by the state government last year was judiciously utilized by the Nigerian Legion in areas like the welfare of widows, attendance to sick ex-servicemen and women as well other important activities of the legion,” he said.
He lauded the state government’s plan to allocate some plots of land for residential purposes to the legionnaires in Gwandu Emirate.
He also expressed gratitude to the Kebbi State Government under Gov. Bagudu for the support and concern shown to the welfare of their members since he assumed the mantle of leadership as Kebbi state governor.