Nigerian civil war veterans who fought on the side of Biafra have threatened to take up arms against the federal government if they are not properly demobilized and their entitlement fully paid.
In a statement signed Major C. Okechukwu, Adjutant General and Col. Ubi Ukoi, Commandant of the Eastern/ Mid-Western Regional Command, among others, the veteran soldiers lamented the injustice meted out to them in the past 43 years despite the ‘no victor, no vanquished policy declared at the end of the war by the then Gen. Yakubu Gowon led federal government.
They accused the federal government of settling their colleagues from the Northern Regional Command while those of the Eastern/ Mid-Western Command wallow in dehumanizing conditions.
“We remind the federal government that we are fully trained military personnel who would out number and overwhelm any number of combatant soldiers which the federal government could boast of,” the statement read in part.
They appealed to the federal government to look into their situation, adding that they remained silent due to the challenges facing the country at the moment and advised the federal government not to take them for granted.