Members of the Nigerian Legion have appealed to President Muhammad Buhari to pay the outstanding 20 per cent pension arrears owed them.
The South-West Legion, Chairmen made the appeal during an interview with Journalists shortly after their South-West meeting hosted by Osun State chapter of the Legion.
According to the South-West Legion Chairmen, “many of the group’s members still suffered untold hardship due to non-payment of the arrears by government”.
They lamented that the Federal Government owed them pension arrears and that payment of such arrears would ease the sufferings of ex-servicemen.
The Chairmen said: “Some of their members have died and most of the living one are suffering a lot because no one cares for them.
“We are unable to take care of our immediate family adequately as there is no money to cater for them, but we are talking about our outstanding arrears of 20 per cent, which is creating a lot of problems for us as they keep promising us”.
The South-West Legion bosses who commended the Federal Government’s efforts in ensuring that those who laid down their lives for the unity of the country were remembered, enjoined President Buhari to bail them from the current hardship their members across the nation were facing.
“We have a caring and listening President who is interested in the upliftment of the welfare of people he governs, and who by now, is aware of our plight, (The Legion).
“We are calling on philanthropists and appealing strongly for individual and collective support to LEGION in our earnest desire to ensure that, the labours of heroes past shall never be in vain.
We want you to help us to sustain our meritorious retirement please”, The Legion Chairmen added.
At the meeting were the Legion Chairman of Osun who hosted the meeting, Col. Alimi Samotu, rtd, Ondo, Major.V.O.Abiola; Oyo, Pastor Michael Olatunji; Ogun, E.S.Osuhunsi and Ekiti, Kolawole Adu.

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