Retired soldiers appeal to the federal government to pay their retirement benefits and entitlements.
Retired soldiers on Tuesday, in Lagos, urged the Federal Government to save them from untimely death by urgently paying their pensions.
The pensioners, represented by the Chairman, Elders Association of Retired Volunteer Soldiers, Peter Ajayi, stated their position in a statement made available to reporters at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
He said members of the association, numbering over 63, have been denied their pensions and gratuities since they left service three decades ago.
“The soldiers that fought civil war to keep Nigeria from being torn apart have been neglected,” Mr. Ajayi said. Some have starved to death while their families were left alone without pensions, especially the ’63N.A.’ who fought the Biafran war.”
Mr. Ajayi urged the government to assist the retirees by compassionately looking into their matter. He said if this is done, many of the members would be able to live decent lives and take care of their immediate families.
“We have faith in this government that justice, equity and fairness will prevail. We rely on judgement over the unjust retirement of volunteer soldiers after the civil war with a sum of N1, 500,” he said.