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Nigeria legion Demands upward review of monthly pension

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By Ruth Oginyi

Members of Nigeria legion Friday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to review upward the monthly pension of the retired soldiers to enable them to cope with the economic hardship facing the country.

They appeal during the celebration of the 2021 armed forces remembrance day held at Unity square, Abakaliki Ebonyi State.

Captain Fidelis Ogodo rtd. Who spoke to journalists also urged Mr. President to do well to include the newly recommended military pension review stressing that such would boost the morale of the gallant officers fighting insecurity in the country.

“We want to appreciate the government for regular payment of our pension, but I want to appeal to the President to review it upwards. Due to the cost of things in the market today, the pension is nothing to talk about. He should do well to include the newly recommended military pension review so that it will go a long way in reducing our suffering. The money they give us now is nothing because the cost of things in the market has increased.

“So, I want to appeal to the President to also take care of soldiers who are still serving because the more they take care of them, the more they will be encouraged to face the challenges. There is no doubt in Nigeria today that we have challenges of insecurity, and it is only the arm forces that will help us to sleep with our eyes closed and if that is the case, we need to take care of their welfare and take care of those who have retired.

“What they are doing to us that have retired will go a long way in strengthening those who are still in service knowing fully well that they too will one day leave the service. If they allow us to beg on the way, those who are still in service will be discouraged. They will say, is this what we are going to face when I leave. So, I want to appeal to the government to please help us by review our pension upwards.

Mrs. Magrate Udeagha a wife of one of the fallen heroes lamented that raising the children without their husband was a big challenge to them, but they will continue to thank God for being their source of living.

“We are not happy, but we are celebrating our survival
Those who are two could consider how difficult it is let alone when you are one raising the children”.

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