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Rescue Us From Poverty, Ex-military Officers Beg President Buhari

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Ex-servicemen in the Nigerian Army have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to save them from poverty and hardship.

The ex-servicemen from Ekiti State retired from the Nigerian Army after the civil war of 1967-1970.

They begged the president to rescue them from untimely death by ordering the immediate payment of their pension.

The officers expressed regret that over 60 out of the 240 members had died due to poor medical conditions with over 70 suffering from severe ailments.

The Publicity Secretary of the retired officers, Alhaji Bello Oseni, while addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, November 12, urged Buhari to honour his 2015 pledge to extend the payment of pension to all retired officers that partook in the civil war.

He said: “We commend President Muhammadu 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 nursing severe ailments.

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

“We have no regret serving our fatherland, but we are surprised that those who fought for the nation and rescued it from disintegration could 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.”

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