Fear Of Poverty Is Pushing Military Retirees Into Politics – Ohkidievbie
Roy Ohkidievbie spent years serving Nigeria in the military but years after retirement, he is not happy with the Nigeran government.
While the country marked the Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Monday, January 15, Ohkidievbie wondered what the future had for his fellow veterans.
For him, there is really nothing to celebrate when the people being celebrated are living in poverty and with different kinds of health challenges.
He is the Media Director, Retired Members of Nigerian Armed Forces and he shared some of their pains during an interview monitored by Bounce News.
The chattered mediator feared that the hardship being faced by the retired military men is damaging to the morale of troops currently executing the war on terror.
“We are concerned about the morale of troops in combat against what they see happening to veterans and the fallen heroes.
“Imagine a soldier that is ready to lay down his life; he looks at his wife and his children, the beagle is being blown, he is going to battle, and he knows that his neighbour that died, the wife was abandoned.
“Is it not going to affect his morale? That is my concern,” he said.
He believes the uncertainty that surrounds life after the military is also the reason why there are so many of them retiring into politics.
“When you are leaving the military – Army, Navy or Air Force, you will already begin to look for a buffer. Why? There is no bed of roses to shoulder you for the sacrifices you have made,” he said.
He blamed the hardship that retired military pensioners are facing on the misappropriation of funds meant for veterans.
He challenged the Buhari government to back their words with action and see to the welfare of retired military men and women.
SURVIVORS OF BIAFRA WAR SHED LIGHT ON THOSE DARK 904 DAYS