Military retirees protest 24 months minimum wage pension arrears in FCT (Video/Photos)

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Military retirees protest 24 months minimum wage pension arrears in FCT (Video/Photos)

There was tension in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja today as aggrieved military pensioners protested their exclusion from the new minimum wage and other benefits after their retirement.

The protesters, under the aegis of Retired Members of Nigerian Armed Forces (REMENAF) and Coalition of Concerned Veterans (CVV) temporarily disrupted activities at the Ministry of Finance Headquarters, the venue of the protest, chanting ” karyan minister ya kare, ba za mu Koma Gida bah.” (Minister’s lies end today, we won’t go back home empty-handed).

The ex-servicemen in their hundreds held protest banners appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to pay the two-years entitlements, they also demanded the refund of all monies deducted from the pension of medically discharged officers and soldiers who had been “receiving pension since 40 years”, adding that they spent their youthful years securing the country.

Speaking to Arnews360.com at the scene of the protest, Director of Media, CVV Oamien Roy Okhidievbie said the Minister of Defence and other parties involved have turned deaf ears to their demands after several meetings.

“How can you approve minimum wage and be paying civilian parties and other agencies, but military veterans have been agitating their payments since at 10 and 15 months, now its 24-months and still no response.

Military retirees protest 24 months minimum wage pension arrears in FCT (Video/Photos)

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