The National Chairman is saddled with the control of affairs and leadership of the Nigerian Legion.
Brig Gen Adakole Jones Akpa fwc (rtd) is the current National Chairman of the Nigerian Legion. Brig Gen Adakole Jones Akpa fwc (rtd) was appointed in 2018 on expiration of the tenure of Col. Micah Gayya. Brig Gen Adakole Jones Akpa fwc (rtd) was a former Defence Adviser, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigerian in Addi-Ababa, Ethiopia between 2001 - 2014. He is a well read and experience military veteran. A Master of Science degree Holder, and graduate of National War College, Course 13 in 2006.
The National Council of the Legion comprises of all the 36 State Chairmen, the General Secretary and 2 others appointed by the Honourable Minister of Defence. The National Council is charged with the responsibility to oversee the affairs of the legion and the discharge of the functions and objectives for which the legion was established.
The National Council works hand-in-hand with the Veteran Affairs Division of the Ministry of Defense, Abuja in carrying out its functions of promoting and ensuring the welfare of veterans and ex-service men.