- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari's approval of pension payment for police officers who served under the defunct Republic of Biafra
- The group said the approval is a good development
- Ohanaeze also said the approval is justice long denied to the people
The Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has commended the approval of the payment of pension to police officers who served under the defunct Biafra police during the civil war by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group reacting to the president's approval said the move by Buhari is a good development.
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The president general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia-Nwodo, said while the approval is a move in the right direction, it is justice denied for too long.
Nnia-Nwodo said: “It’s been 47 years since the war ended and many of the people who should benefit from this pension are dead already. That goes to show you how the southeast region has been marginalised and that is why we are harping on it.
“It’s not good to be treated like a second class citizen in a country you are supposed to belong. We thank Buhari for this approval but he must tackle the issue of Igbo marginalisation headlong. Buhari must understand that justice delayed is justice denied."
NAIJ.com earlier reported that President Buhari approved the payment of pension to police officers who served in the defunct Biafra during the civil war.
The police officers who were dismissed at the end of the Biafra war were later pardoned by the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 2000.
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Buhari in his approval which was announced by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) on Wednesday, October 17, said about 162 of the retired Biafra police officers and 57 of the next of kin will be paid their benefits.
The directorate said the first phase of the payment for the pension will kick off this month.
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