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500 Ex-Biafran Soldiers Die In Penury

Posted: Sep 16, 2015 at 4:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka

 

Hunger and starvation have taken toll on soldiers who fought for Biafran during the Nigeria Civil War, sending no fewer than 500 of them to their untimely graves.

This is due to neglect by successive governments.

The National Patron of Ex-Biafran Soldiers Association, Dr. Ramas Asuzu, disclosed this when the journalists at his country home, Nri, in Anaocha council of Anambra State.

Asuzu blamed successive governments in the former Eastern Region for abandoning such war veterans to their fate after the civil war of 1967-1970.

He said that the political problems the Igbo were passing through were attributable to the neglect of such war veterans who sacrificed their youthful age to defend the people of the area during the war.

“For the Igbo to come out from their political calamity in the country”, he maintained, the souls and spirits of people who died during the war must be appeased.

Ndigbo will suffer for 200 years in Nigeria if the spirits of these veterans and others who sacrificed their lives to defend the people are not appeased.

“What Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, and others did sometime this year and called it the burial of those who died during the war was a mockery of such great patriots.

Ndigbo have a tradition on how to bury their loved ones and not that thing they did in Awka, and called it funeral of our fallen heroes”, he said.

The Federal Government had last year announced the commencement of payment of monthly pension to soldiers of the Nigerian Army who defected to fight on the side of Biafra during the Nigeria Civil War from 1967 to 1970.

According to the Federal Government those who will be entitled to the arrangement would be former Biafran soldiers who were soldiers of the Nigerian Army but who defected to Biafra and were granted Presidential pardon by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2000.

Asuzu described the described the government pronouncement as a paper approval.