The Federal Government has authorized the payment of gratuity and other benefits to 102 ex-Biafran troops pardoned by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), revealed this on Friday during a ministerial briefing to kick-off the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations at Army War College Abuja.
He added that although the majority of people engaged in the conflict are no longer living, which is why just 102 combat veterans were chosen, he said that those who are still alive and have legitimate concerns would be addressed in due course.
“You may be interested to learn that the Military Pension Board has recently completed the paperwork of 102 ex-Biafran military members pardoned by Mr. President.”
“While the conflict ended 51 years ago and many of those engaged are no longer living, individuals with legitimate grievances may bring them up for consideration,” the minister said.
According to him, pension and gratuity payments to retired military members have been timely and consistent.