Civil War Soldiers Protest Non-payment Of Pensions For 44 Years

Soldiers fought on the side of the Nigerian government during the country’s civil war trooped out on Wednesday to protest against the non-payment of their pensions for over 44 years.

Civil War Soldiers Protest Non-payment Of Pensions For 44 Years

The aged soldiers took off from the Nigerian Legion Secretariat in Ibadan and marched through Yidi, Gate through the NTA area, singing as they moved through the streets.

Operating under the umbrella of the First Intake Able Voluntary Retired Or Discharged Ten Or More Years in Military Service, the National Coordinator, Pa Babawande Philips, addressed journalists, said it was ungodly and wicked to have paid former Biafran soldiers and abandoned those of them who fought on the side of Nigeria.

Philips said the ex-military men served directly under when he was in the military, saying he was sure that their former boss was not aware of their plights.

He said, “We have been denied our pensions for the past 44 years and we have done everything to make them pay us but to no avail.

“We have been to court and they asked us to drop the case. They called us for biometrics but to now say they will not pay us because we didn’t spend 15 years in the is wicked.

“There is a memo of 1977 by the military government that those spent 10 years and above should be paid pensions. If they are not aware of this, they should search for the memo.”

The secretary of the association, Joseph Popoola, said many of the members had died.

He also appealed to Buhari to intervene in their case so that they could be paid.

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