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Nigerian War Veterans Protest Non-payment of Pension.

Retired Nigerian soldiers who fought during the  Civil War on Wednesday, protest against the nonpayment of the minimum wage arrears of their pension by the Nigerian government for 20 months.

The war veterans who gathered in front of the Federal Ministry of Finance building in Abuja, stated that their demonstration was to stop the government from deducting from their pensions.

President of the former-servicemen and Family Welfare Association, Anthony Gbaja Agbas, while speaking to newsmen called out the Nigerian government for treating retired soldiers with callousness.

“We are protesting because of nonpayment of our arrears of the minimum wage which is over 20 months,” Agbas said.

“And there is another payment of security deferment allowance which is supposed to be paid to all retired soldiers. And the other one has to do with the deduction from the pension of medically-deferred soldiers who fought in the Nigerian Civil War. Some of us have been receiving pensions for over 40 years and now they are making deductions from our pensions.

“We have some retired soldiers who fought in the civil war that are not collecting pensions. We are appealing to Mr President to approve our minimum wage arrears for our monthly pensions.”

Speaking on how long they plan to sustain the protest, Agbas said, “We just started it today. We don’t know how it will go, but all we want is action from President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are not giving them any ultimatum. We want action. All of us are retired. We are talking about 97,000 retired soldiers in the country who are affected.”

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