Ex-Soldier Advocates Internal Security Roles For Legionnaires

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An ex-soldier, retired
Maj. Chukwuemeka Zigede, has called for the involvement of the Nigerian Legion Corps of Commissionaires in the maintenance of internal security in the country.
Zigede made the call in Enugu while reviewing the activities of the organisation at the passing out parade of the cadet officers Batch ‘B’ of the corps, Enugu State Command.
The retired soldier said that the legion had been under-utilised in the maintenance of internal security since its establishment in 1988.
“The quality of manpower in the Nigerian Legion Corps of Commissionaires has been neglected at the detriment of the national up-building.
“These young able-bodied officers are supposed to work in synergy with other security agencies to contribute meaningfully and enhance the security situation in the country,” he said.
He said that the organisation was on the reserved list of the armed forces of the federation, adding that they were willing to answer any call to duty.
“All we are doing is an exhibition of the willingness to be relevant through the training and empowerment of honorary and auxiliary members for societal and humanitarian services as approved by Decree 39 of 1988.
“These corps of legionnaires graduating today were drilled and taught the art of internal security as demanded in large public and private organisations,” he said.
Zigede urged the governments at all levels to see them as partners in progress for auxiliary duties.
In an address of welcome, the South East Coordinating Chairman of the corps, retired Lt.-Col. Ejike Lekwuwa, said that the members of the corps were by their training ready to contribute in the fight against insurgency in the country.
Lekwuwa appealed for assistance to meet the objectives of the corps.
The Enugu State Commandant of the corps, retired Lt.-Col. Ojewoye Sogo, said the members of the corps could provide services such as security, fire disaster management, traffic and crowd control and welfare to the less privileged.
Sogo said the legionnaires were professionals in their chosen fields but had volunteered to serve humanity.
“Our goal is to let Nigerians, irrespective of religious or political leanings, know that security is not the business of the government alone,” he said.