Ohanaeze, Arewa laud Buhari’s approval of ex-Biafran police officers’ pensions

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Apex Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the payment of pensions benefits to ex-Biafran police officers.

The group, therefore, appealed to the Igbo across the country to eschew acts that could further threaten the peace and unity of Nigeria.

Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Ondo State chapter, Uche Erondu, said this in Akure at a press conference to launch his musical album titled: God Bless Nigeria.

He said that insecurity, agitations, corruption, poverty and marginalisation were poising great challenges to the country, adding that his music was released to foster love, peace and unity among Nigerians.

Erondu attributed the manifold problems confronting the nation to poor leadership, which he stressed, often result in marginalisation of some sections.

He urged Buhari to prioritise the restructuring of the country, saying, “It is more serious than it is being handled currently. Restructuring should be exclusively championed by Mr. President and not the All Progressives Congress (APC)”.

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) also commended President Buhari for approving the payment of pension benefits of ex-Biafran police officers, 47 years after the Nigerian civil war.

They said the President’s action has demonstrated that there was indeed no victor, no vanquished in the 30-month war, which claimed millions of lives, especially on the Biafran side.

National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, in a statement in Kaduna commended Buhari for his magnanimity in approving the payment of pension benefits to the ex-Biafran police officers.

“This clearly demonstrates his concern and willingness to accommodate all interests irrespective of political and ethnic considerations in order to give all Nigerians their rights and sense of belonging.

“It is also a welcome development that Buhari’s administration has brought to an end the ugly aspect of the civil war by paying the former Biafran police officers that were given presidential pardon in 2000.”



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