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Nigerian war vets protest 44-yr unpaid pensions



ABOUT 200 ex-military men who fought on the side of the Nigeria during the country’s civil war, yesterday, protested against non-payment of their pension.

  Demonstrating under the aegis of First Intake Able Voluntary Retired Or Discharged Ten or More Years in Military Service, the war veterans took off from Nigerian Legion Secretariat in Ibadan and marched through Yidi Gate, NTA area, singing as they moved through the streets.

  Explaining that successive administrations have tossed over the issue in the past 44 years, the war veterans vented their anger through inscriptions on placards some of which solicited President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention into their case.

  National Coordinator of the group, Babawande Philips, who addressed newsmen said it was ungodly and wicked for governments to abandon those who fought to keep Nigeria as one nation.

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

  “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 army is wicked,” he said.

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