Retired Col. Joseph Esu, Akwa Ibom Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, has called for a mop-up of illegal weapons as part of measures to tackle terrorism in the country.
Mr Esu stated this during the Emblem Appeal Fund Launch to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Uyo on Thursday.
He said it was important to checkmate the proliferation of illicit weapons in order to have a safer nation.
The legion chairman said special task forces should be set up in states to mop up all illegal weapons fueling terrorism in the country.
He lauded the Akwa Ibom government for supporting the legion and called for more assistance for members.
Governor Udom Emmanuel said the government was committed to the welfare of members of the Nigerian legion in the state.
“The ultimate test of patriotism is when a man or woman leaves the comfort of his home and signs up to defend the integrity of the fatherland. By this act, a patriot usually signs away his or her life,” stated Mr Emmanuel. “These people went to fight so that we may live in peace, pursue happiness and progress.”
The governor said the Akwa Ibom government would remain committed to the welfare of the legionnaires.
“We will continue to partner with the relevant agencies that are tasked with the responsibility of making sure that our armed forces, living or dead, including the legionnaires and their dependants, are taken care of,” Mr Emmanuel added.