A Nigerian civil war veteran, Private Abubakar Gidado (rtd) has said he has not been receiving pension since his retirement 35 years ago.
Gidado who disclosed this to our reporter, had joined the army in 1968 and retired in 1982. “I served in the civil war under two prominent personalities: TY Danjuma and Benjamin Adekunle and I retired in 1982 and since then I have been waiting for my pension,” he said.
Gidado who is a father of nine, told Pension Review Magazine that the only money he had got from the army after retirement was N2,500 which was his gratuity.
“In November last year I travelled to Lokoja, our Record Office and after three days they retrieved my file and asked me to come back the following morning for verification. The next morning they told me my form 9B was missing, that I had to go to my last posting place, which was Borno, to get it,” he said, adding, “I then came back to Sokoto, made another arrangement and traveled to Borno and got two copies of the forms. When I went back to Lokoja this year they told me that they would not use the forms, that I had to go back to Borno and get the old form, which I could not do because I don’t have money,” he said.
He appealed to President Muhammad Buhari to intervene in his case as life was becoming unbearable for him and his family.