Retired Soldiers Threaten Protest Over Five-Year Pension Arrears
MILITARY retirees has threatened to occupy major roads across country in protest if the Federal Government fails to pay their August 2015 pension and arrears of the Military Consolidated Pension Review approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010.
Besides, the retired soldiers have accused the Military Pension Board of a deliberate attempt to sabotage President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed efforts to check impunity in the Nigerian military.
Publicity Officer of retired Army, Navy and Airforce Officers’ Club of Nigeria (RANAO), Captain Yusuf Abdulmalik (rtd), in a statement made available to The Guardian in Kano, lamented that they were yet to receive their August pension in the month of September, saying it is an abnormality.
Abdulmalik wondered why soldiers’ pension, which had remained steady in the last seven years, would be delayed and extended to the following month, adding that the current trend was a deliberate plan to siphon public funds.
He stated that the Military Pension Board had failed to effect the 53 per cent arrears of the Military Consolidated Pension Review approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010 for both serving and retired service men.
Noting that the Pension Board had in August 2013 effected payment of 33 per cent of the consolidated pension review for the retirees, Abdulmalik challenged the board to explain why 20 per cent were deducted.