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2 Things To Note As Buhari Pardons 102 Ex-Biafran Soldiers, Approves Their Pensions

The payment of gratuity and other emoluments of 102 ex-Biafran servicemen who were given presidential pardons has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), the Minister of Defence, announced this on Friday, October 15, 2021, at the ministerial briefing to kick off the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations at Army War College Abuja.

He explained that because the majority of individuals who served in the war are no longer alive, just 102 combat veterans were chosen, and those who are still alive will receive their entitlement soon. 

Pension and gratuity payments to retired military personnel, he claimed, have been timely and consistent.

"In keeping with the current administration's anti-corruption stance, the Ministry of Defence, in collaboration with the Military Pension Board, conducts regular verification exercises for military retirees," he added.

"The goal of the exercise is to simplify the system and identify leaks."

"The Ministry will continue to engage pensioners through relevant organizations such as the Nigerian Legion, the Veteran Affairs Division, and the Military Pension Board to ensure that the Government's commitments to them are satisfied," the minister concluded. 

However, there are some important things to note about the presidential pardon given to ex-biafran soldiers. They include: 

1. The president's action is commendable. The pardoning of the ex-servicemen and paying their pensions show that President Buhari is committed to the unity of the country. 

Acknowledging Biafran war heroes and rewarding them many years after the war will pacify those agitating for an independent nation. 

2. The Igbos must recognize President Buhari's gesture to the civil war heroes. They should understand that Buhari loves everyone, irrespective of their geopolitical zone. They should work with Buhari to sustain the united Nigeria. 

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