Saturday, 16 January 2016

Agitation for Biafra would stop when Buhari, Obiano provide for our welfare


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Chairman, Anambra State Chapter of Nigeria Legion, Rtd. Major Gabriel Enyibuaku has posited that agitations for Sovereign State of Biafra as championed by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), MASSOB, and others would be brought to an end when the federal and state governments of Nigeria provide for the plight of Biafran war veterans.

This is even as the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bar Rita Maduagwu and 30 other house members boycotted the wreath laying ceremony.
Enyibuaku, who stated this in an interview with at Awka, during the 2016 Wreath Laying Ceremonies marking the end of 2016 arm forces remembrance celebrations, lamented that some legionaries, who were dismissed and those granted amnesty towards the end of the civil war were yet to be catered for by the state government, even as he disclosed that promises by previous administrations were yet to be fulfilled.

These anomalies, according to Enyibuaku, is giving rise to different groups agitating for Biafra because of the sufferings they are presently passing through, but would be laid to rest as soon as the relevant authorities and government duly remunerate them, provide medical and other health support to the sick among them, and support the widows and children of the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for the unity of Nigeria.

 “We have over 4,000 members in Anambra State, but this government abandoned us to take care of ourselves, even the wives and children of our departed colleagues are now languishing in hardship. Anambra State government under Obiano’s watch has not taken cognisance of the welfare of the retirees. Some of them can’t walk, while some have not received any succour since the war ended and they need government’s help.

“We read in the newspaper that the Federal Government released N1.5 billion for us, but up till today nobody has received a kobo. In Anambra State, we heard former Governor Peter Obi approved N64 million for us, but till today we have not seen anything…we have lost over 1,000 members to hunger and more may likely join them if nothing is done”.
In a speech earlier, Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano disclosed that it was worth to honour the memory, bravery, valour and priceless blood the servicemen shed and still shedding to nourish the tree of liberty.
Among those present were the Commander 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Col. Mohammed Bello, Officer-in-Charge of Naval Outpost, Onitsha, Navy Captain Mike Oamen, Sunday Ajayi of Federal Road Safety Commission, the clergy, religious, etc.



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