From Umar Dankano, Yola.
The famous Mahmud Ribadu Square Yola in Adamawa state capital was almost filled to capacity by people yesterday to witness the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri,service commanders,chief judge and grand Khadi and a representative of the Lamido Adamawa, Dr Aliyu Mustapha laid the wreaths as a mark of respect to our fallen heroes who paid the supreme price for the peace and harmony of the country.
Some people who attended the event in anticipation to witnessing the military parade were disappointed as the exercise never took long enough as expected by spectators, it was however, very impressive as people expressed their satisfaction.
In an interview with the Brigade Commander 23 Armoured Brigade Yola, Brigadier General Sani Gambo Mohammed declared that the Army is doing its best in the face of the insurgency.
While applauding the effort of the federal government in ensuring that the Boko Haram sects are degraded, General Mohammed called for support, co operation and information from the generality of the people to enable the military perform optimally.
Nigeria Legion Chairman, Adamawa State chapter,Bashir Babayola appealed to the military authority to ensure prompt payments of their pension and other entitlements to enable them meet up with their financial obligations.
Babayola equally called on the State government to honour their pledges as most of the pledges made are not redeemable.
Babayola decried that from 2017 to 2019,unredeemed pledges profile from the state government alone is over N20Million stressing that this year his union realised N900.000.
He stated that the state government under Governor Fintiri has not pledged anything yet saying that hope is not lost
Another retired soldier, Abubakar Ismaila told our correspondent that “the authority is not caring for the retired soldiers, lamenting that in most cases some of our children are out of schools for lack of money “.
According to Abubakar Ismaila, “I wouldn’t know if the present retirees are being taken care of but for those of us who actually fought the civil war, I can’t explain the situation even as some have died without receiving their gratuity. “