It will interest this generation to know that despite the unpleasant 30 month civil war that led to the loss of many lives and invaluable properties, the Nigerian government have not forgotten the people that fought against them. President Muhammadu Buhari, who was a military officer during the Biafran war has done so much for Ex-Biafran soldiers who were dominated by the Nigerian Army during the war.
It is no longer news that the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd. ), has said a total of 102 ex-Biafran soldiers granted presidential pardon have been captured for payment of gratuity and other emolument by the Military Pensions Board. He stated, "It will interest you to know that the Military Pensions Board just concluded the documentation of ex-Biafran service personnel totalling 102 who were pardoned by Mr. President.
There are plans by the federal government to pay ex-Biafran soldiers who had fought in the Civil War that took place years ago. This disclosure was made by the Minister of Defense, Basir Magashi (rtd). According to a report by The Punch, Magashi stated that so far, about 102 of the ex-Biafran soldiers have been captured to be paid gratuity and other emoluments by the Military Pensions Board.
According to Leadership Newspaper in one of its latest publications, the federal government of Nigeria through the Military Pension Board (MPB) has concluded preparation to start paying gratuities to 102 ex-Biafra Solders. To this end, this article is designed to explain why that move by the federal government is not only a very good one but also timely.
picture.credit.vanguardnews.ng The news about the FG's pardon of ex-Biafran soldiers is a thing of joy. Many Igbos who fought on the side of the Biafrans during the Biafran/Nigeria civil war are today suffering from abject poverty, untimely death, incurable sicknesses, etc. The Biafran/Nigeria Civil war lasted close to three years.
"We were not enemies of both sides, we only fought to survive the war" Ex-Biafran child soldier said
This piece of narration is gathered from oral source of a renowned Ex-Biafran child soldier who is about 70 year old now. Mazi Uchendu's experience of the war is no very different from the experience written so far about child soldiers and their roles during warfare. "It's over 50 years after the Biafran war. To most of us, the war was only our lifestyle and its importance is that it reminds me of childhood and what it meant to survive when there was just no reason to survive. But we were determined to live,
Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie has listed the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. According to the statement made by Mrs. Onochie on her verified Twitter handle, President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 paid 500 million naira to settle the pension arrears of Ex Biafran police officers. The Presidential Aide used the opportunity to list all the on going and completed projects of the current administration in the Southeast.