Ekiti Retired Military Officers Cries Out, Appeals To Govt To Pay Their Pension - Uju Ayalogu's Blog for News, Reviews, Articles and More

Breaking News

Post Top Ad

Friday, 13 November 2020

Ekiti Retired Military Officers Cries Out, Appeals To Govt To Pay Their Pension


The Retired Military Officers

After the civil war of 1967-1970, military officers of Ekiti State origin who retired voluntarily have pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to begin payment of their pensions, to rescue them from poverty and untimely death.

They lamented that no fewer than 60 of their members out of the 240 had died because they could not afford proper feeding and medical treatment due to unpaid entitlements.

Addressing reporters in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the ex-officers under the aegis of Voluntarily Retired Military Officers, 1978-1979, Ekiti chapter, urged President Buhari to honour his 2015 pledge to extend payment of pensions to all retired officers who partook in the civil war.

The Publicity Secretary of the ex-officers, Alhaji Bello Oseni, hailed the President for remembering them in 2015 upon assumption of power, after 36 years of neglect by successive military and democratic governments.

He said the President, having been elected in 2015, summoned members to Abuja and instructed the Military Pensions Board to verify their documents, after which they were certified to be legitimate military officers.

“But since then, we have not heard anything. We commend President Buhari for remembering us after four decades of neglect, but we appeal that this pledge should be implemented in due course.

“We started this struggle with 240 members, today we are 180 with about 70 of us nursing severe ailments and only praying to get over them.

“We were at the battlefield for over three years. We fought for the unity of this nation. We kept Nigeria one and we deserve to be taken care of.

“We have no regret serving our fatherland, but we are surprised that those who fought to keep Nigeria one and rescue it from disintegration can be treated this way. Helping us at this stage will send a signal of patriotism to Nigerians, because all we did was out of patriotic spirit.

“But we believe in the integrity of President Buhari. He is a retired military officer with human face. He knows what it means for somebody to fight a civil war. He understands the language of war.

“It was President Buhari’s passionate spirit that spurred him to invite us to Abuja in 2015 as a honour. We plead that he fulfils his promises to us, so that we can reap the fruits of our labour".

“We pray that Nigeria remains one so that the labour of our founding fathers and war heroes, including us, will not be in vain,” Oseni said.

Are you an artiste? Do you want your music to go viral and reach a large number of audience? Promote your music and Submit your story on UjuAyalogusBlog.com by clicking here. For Advert Inquiries Tel: +44 (0)7590 363 984.

For More, Subscribe To: Uju Ayalogu's Blog via Email.

Subscribe to Our Posts via Email

Share This

No comments:

Post a comment

Listen to This Beautiful New Talent - Winter Wolf - Singing "What a Waste"

Post Bottom Ad