A 104-year-old World War ll veteran of the Nigerian Army, Adamo Aduku on Saturday urged the Federal Government to pay his pension.
Aduku was one of those conferred with the Chief of Army Staff World War II Veteran Award at the 2019 Army Day Celebration in Lagos.
While speaking to journalists at the event, he lamented that since he was discharged as a Private from the Nigerian Army, he was yet to receive his pension.
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Sometimes on the job, I get to meet incredible people.— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) July 6, 2019
Today, I met perhaps Nigeria's oldest surviving soldier, 104 year-old, RTD Private Amuda Aluko at the Army Day Celebrations.
He is almost as old as the Amalgamation of the the protectorates that became Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/kPW5YlA80Q
“I joined the Royal West African Frontier Force in 1942 in Markurdi, Benue State. Trained in Laguna and deployed to India during World War II. I fought at Calcutta.
“I returned to Lagos in 1946 and was of the 4 Brigade Guard Group until I was discharged in that same year.
“I rejoined the Nigerian Army in 1950 in Zaria and was finally discharged in 1957 as a private soldier.
“I’m currently a farmer in Ibejukolo Omala Local Government Area in Kogi State.
“I have not being paid my pension since I was discharged and I’m appealing to the federal government to look into the matter so I can get my pension, ” he said.
Oduku thanked the Nigerian Army for the award.
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