Soldiers criticize Buhari for failing to pay their salary for July
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Soldiers criticize Buhari for failing to pay their salary for July

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Some members of the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force protested about the federal government’s delay in paying their July paychecks on Tuesday night, amid the nation’s severe inflation and rising hunger levels.

The soldiers in Abuja who spoke to our correspondent under the condition of anonymity said that they and their coworkers are dissatisfied with the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)-led Government and Service Chiefs for refusing to pay them their salaries for July 2022, especially given the extraordinary amount of work they have done since the Kuje prison break and most recent attacks by non-state actors throughout the nation, particularly in the capital city of Abuja.

A soldier remarked, “This is becoming the norm. Our April salary was postponed this year in the same manner by the federal government, and they are doing it again. The military leaders and President Buhari’s refusal to pay our salaries when they are due perplexes us.

We’re exhausted, but it’s bad that we can’t moan, a different soldier stated. We are being mistreated and oppressed, yet there is nowhere for us to air our complaints. I’ve had it with this; it’s getting to be too much. If the government continues to treat us in this manner, despite the fact that we give our time, effort, and lives to this country, I may simply leave the Army.

Despite postponing our salaries, a third soldier, a female member of the Nigerian Navy, remarked, “I wonder how the government wants us to stay energetic and go about our task with rigor. It is quite terrible that only Nigerian troops anywhere in the world experience such humiliation from their government. What would it cost to compensate those who risk their lives to defend a nation of more than 200 million?

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However, when our correspondent contacted Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman for the Nigerian Army, he observed that some officers had already been paid today, Wednesday, August 3, 2022, and advised those who had not to exercise patience as salary payments were still being made.

There was a slight delay in the payment, Onyema stated. Salaries are now, however, being paid. Today, many employees, including myself, received our paychecks.

I would like to use this opportunity to ask those whose banks have not yet received payment to exercise some patience while the payment is being made.

Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, a spokesperson for the Navy, told our correspondent through WhatsApp that today was pay day for naval officers.

“I have been compensated,” Ayo-Vhaugan stated. The Navy was compensated. The payment was made yesterday, however each bank has a different policy regarding alert receipts. However, I received mine this morning.

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As of the time this report was filed, attempts to contact Air Comm. Edward Gabkwet, the Air Force spokesperson, were unsuccessful. He declined to respond when questioned about the situation.

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