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Buhari approves N134b for military veterans

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By Nicole

Buhari backs the payment of Security Debarment Allowance to military veterans.

The payment of Security Debarment Allowance (SDA) to all veterans of the armed forces has been authorized by President Muhammadu Buhari for a total of N134.7 billion. The president announced the federal government’s commitment of N10 million to the Nigerian Legion at the unveiling of the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal fund. With effect from 2017, Pres. Buhari approved the payment of SDA to veterans, demonstrating the federal government’s commitment to their care by assuring the early payment of their pension and other entitlements.

In addition, Pres. Buhari expressed his satisfaction that Defense Health Maintenance Limited was providing the veterans with quality healthcare services, highlighting the growth of their service area through the opening of Zonal and State offices. He pledged that the government would keep placing a high priority on offering veterans and the general public access to high-quality healthcare services. The president also praised the Nigerian Armed Forces for their efforts in directly addressing banditry, kidnappings, molestation, and the murder of innocent bystanders, claiming that these “vices alien to our culture” are on the decline.

Government would continue to strengthen all security agencies.

He claims that thanks to the methodical approach and intensifying military campaign to eliminate subversive groups engaged in destructive activities, such as “in the insurgency in the North-east, militancy in the Niger Delta,” normalcy is gradually returning to some affected areas of the country. He also praised the military’s efforts to ease racial and religious tensions in some localities. He reassured Nigerians that the federal government would keep all security agencies repositioned and strengthened so they could overcome the nation’s security obstacles.

Nigerian president urged companies to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by soldiers and brave troops by providing them with discounts and rebates on goods and services. He claimed that doing this would raise military personnel’s morale and help them fulfil their legal obligations. Buhari reaffirmed his pledge to leave the next generation of leaders a Nigeria free from insecurity. He expressed certainty that, thanks to the valor and sacrifices made by military personnel in the fight against insurgency and other internal security operations.

Governors who were Patrons of Veterans were commended by the President.

The president praised state governors who support veterans in their jurisdictions for their assistance with the Nigerian Legion. In order to provide security and other administrative services, Mr. Buhari urged federal and state government entities to continue using the Nigerian Legion Corps of Commissionaires. He claimed that former service members had tremendous potential that may be used to advance the country. In terms of security, intelligence, and strategy, he instructed the Defense and Services Headquarters to keep in touch with the veterans.

Buhari recalled that because January 15 marked the conclusion of the Nigerian Civil War, choosing that date to commemorate the armed forces is meaningful. Therefore, he urged all citizens to desist from negative deeds and remarks that endanger national integration and unity and instead take part in constructive deeds that bring the nation together. According to the president, the 2023 insignia still serves as a reminder of the past and a symbol of hope for a peaceful future, conveying an implicit message to the fallen heroes that their sacrifice was honorable and made for the sake of our fatherland. Regardless of their political party or religious convictions, he urged everyone living in Nigeria, both Nigerians and foreigners, to proudly wear the insignia and stand in solidarity with those who gave their lives to ensure the country’s peace and security.

NGO’s will help the widows and orphans of the departed heroes.

He was praised for providing the Nigerian Armed Forces with “full support” by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who also pledged a monetary donation on behalf of the National Assembly to the Nigerian Legion. The ministry will continue to secure the quick payment of the entitlements and death benefits of the deceased personnel, according to retired major general and minister of defense Bashir Magashi. He claims that a scholarship program is being developed for the deceased’s children up to the tertiary level. But he urged well-intentioned businesses and non-governmental organizations to prioritize easing the suffering of the widows and orphans of fallen heroes.


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Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

If this will encourage our military in the fight against insurgency and terrorism then it’s fine. Our veterans are ought to be appreciated for their lifelong devotion to the country.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Nice move by the government this would motivate our soldiers taht there sacrifices are not in vain,they need to get paid after defending their country for.long.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

By approving SDA for veterans, Buhari shows that the federal government values their well-being enough to pay their pension and other benefits early.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

the expansion of their service area as a result of the opening of offices at the zonal and state levels. He promised that the government would continue to place a strong priority on providing veterans with a variety of benefits.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

In order for all of the nation’s security agencies to be able to surmount the challenges posed to national security, the federal government would continue to reposition and fortify them.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

In order to tackle the security challenges facing the country, the federal government should ensure that all security services remain repositioned and strengthened.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Everyone in the country needs to stop doing and doing things that threaten national integration and unity, and start doing things that bring the country closer together.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

It’s acceptable if doing so will inspire our armed forces to counter insurgency and terrorism.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

This shows the dedication of the federal government to their well-being, which is demonstrated by the guaranteed early payment of their pension and other benefits.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

We need companies and non-governmental organizations with good intentions to make it a priority to alleviate the suffering of the widows and children of war heroes who have lost their lives.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Its alright for the Ministry will continue to take measures to ensure that the entitlements and death benefits of deceased personnel are paid out as quickly as possible.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Wearing the insignia is a way for everyone in Nigeria, natives and visitors alike, to show respect for the sacrifices made by those who fought for the country’s safety and security.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This is a good thing this millitary are putting their life on the line to make our country is safe paying the payment will serve as encouragement to them

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Companies and NGOs with good intentions should make it a top priority to help the surviving spouses and children of fallen combat heroes.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Buhari backs the payment of Security Debarment Allowance to military veterans. Very good that they will receive their allowance. It will also encourage other soldiers to work hard and focus more on their duties

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

The federal govt should ensure that all security services remain repositioned and strengthened that should tackle the security aspect.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

President Buhari approving N134b for military veterans will further boost the morals of soldiers who are still in active service provided that the money get to the right person and on time too

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

This is a good gesture from the government and this will also boost the moral of the military personnel in the service because there is still hope for them after retirement from active service.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Our President Mohammed Buhari has done the right thing by approving N134b for military veterans. It will encourage the military arm of the government that they are not forgotten.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

This is a kind gesture and timely as well. This will encourage serving militants to be more dedicated. Shout out to our military veterans, fallen heroes and serving militants.