Federal Government has been called upon to hasten the payment of outstanding arrears of pension owned by the previous administration in the country.
Retired military officers in the country under the aegis of the ‘Nigerian Legion’ have demanded the federal government to settle their outstanding 24 months pensions owed them by the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The call was made by the Bauchi State chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Captain Musa Yakubu [RTD] during their 2016 national annual general meeting held at ‘AWALAH’ hotel, Bauchi yesterday.
He therefore requested both the federal and state governments to also provide the retired officers with plots and farm implements so that they could engage in mechanised farming for the rest of their lives.
Yakubu who served in the army under the direct supervision of the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari when he was a military general in 1979 noted that soldiers were more disciplined in the past which was the reason they successfully completed their service for the nation with integrity.
He condemned the unruly behaviours being exhibited by some serving officers now who belittle themselves by collecting token sums of money from motorists at road blocks and check points lamenting that the acts do not only besmirch the reputation of the army but portray them as paupers.
The chairman expressed satisfaction with the performance of the soldiers and other security agents in the current war against insurgents and other terrorists in parts of the country even as he appealed to the general public to continue to help them with information and prayers.
Also speaking, the national chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Colonel Micah Gayya [RTD] explained that the meeting was aimed at discussing on how to improve the plight of the retired officers and to review the grand constitution of the union.

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