Following the approval for the payment of pension benefits to the ex-Biafran police officers 47 years after the civil war by President Muhamadu Buhari, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has described it as a welcome development.
“This clearly demonstrates President Buhari’s concern and willingness to accommodate all interests irrespective of political and ethnic consideration in order to give all Nigerians their due rights and sense of belonging,” Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, ACF National Publicity Secretary said in a statement issued in Kaduna on Thursday.
It added, “It is also a welcome development that Buhari’s administration has brought to an end the ugly aspect of the civil war by paying the Ex-Biafran police officers that were given presidential pardon and amnesty in 2000.
“They would now enjoy their retirement benefits; this act not only lends credence to the slogan of ‘No Victor No Vanquish’ of Gen Gowon and the continuous process of healing the wounds of civil war in the affected areas but also has dealt with the vexed issue of perceived marginalization.
“ACF understands that the Pension Trust Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has already commenced payment of the pension benefits to the affected officers who are alive and the next-of-kin of the dead ones.
“This is a genuine process of reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation of the people. ACF therefore calls on the PTAD to verify all claims and ensure that only genuine affected officers and next of kins benefit from this loudsble gesture.”