Some aggrieved Nigerian soldiers have written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, where they expressed their anger over their unpaid salaries even as they have vowed to occupy Aso Rock, the seat of the government if the issue is not resolved quickly.
The soldiers who are mainly from the 37 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, are not happy that after they spent over one year in Liberia for a United Nations Peace Keeping Mission, their emoluments have not been settled, leaving them groaning in poverty.
Here is the letter in which the soldiers lamented their plights to the President:
“Mr President, the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are officers and soldiers of Nigerian Battalion 37 (Nibbat 37 unmil), that came back on July 29, 2016, from a peacekeeping mission in Liberia.
Since we completed our mission for 12 months, only 8 months of service were paid. Is it not disgraceful that the UN had paid defense headquarters mission allowances for complete 12 months and only 8 months payment was given to the troops?
Dear Mr. President, the army has refused to pay us the balance of our allowances for 4 months. We urge you to look into this issues to make your anti-corruption campaign in the armed forces a success.
If nothing is done very soon, we will be forced to take the law into our own hands, which is not good, obviously, because the Nigerian Army specialized in owning its troops their allowances."
"We keep lamenting through media houses and nothing has changed, or do you expect us to storm the National Assembly in the name of protest? No, we can’t. His Excellency, address this issue of payment of outstanding allowances by the Nigerian Army.
Concerned officers and soldiers of Nigerian Battalion 37.