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Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state spends N62.5 million, as upkeep allowance, to former Biafran soldiers and former players of Rangers Football Club of Enugu
| June 27, 2013
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state has given about N62.5 million as upkeep allowance to former Biafran soldiers and former players of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu. About 2,500 former Biafran soldiers were given N5,000 each, while the former Rangers players received amounts that range from N200,000 to N1 million. Some of the former Rangers players received funds to assist with medical treatment. Also, 64 of the former Rangers players are being paid monthly allowances by the Governor. The Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Joe Martins Uzodike, who represented the governor at the recognition ceremony, said that Governor Obi was only trying to recognize the roles played by the Rangers players immediately after the Nigerian civil war. He added, saying, "Governor Obi has observed that these people cannot be left to suffer after their enormous contributions in helping to reintegrate Igbos into Nigeria through sports after the war." “The ex Rangers players who receive the monthly stipend are not limited to Anambra or Igbos alone, but all the former players, whether they are from the old Bendel State, South West or the North. What the Governor wants is the comfort of the people that brought glory to the state and Nigeria at large." "The sick players were given between 200,000 naira to one million naira each depending on their illness and the gesture is not new, Governor Obi has been recognizing our heroes in this country." “In addition, the governor has secured an office space for the former players at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu for their meetings and social activities.” He also said that the N5,000 paid to each of the former Biafran soldiers was to give enable them have a sense of belonging as many of them could no longer take care of themselves. Rangers International Football Club of Enugu was founded in 1970 by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the former leader of Biafra, right after the Nigerian civil war. The club won 14 trophies between 1970 -1984.

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ME    ,     June 27, 2013
Good gesture but illogical priority and distribution mechanism. YOU should give monthly allowance to verified war heroes (possibly to immediate family -wife and kids- up to 21 years old) and not just a onetime N5000. The footballers should be helped when they show the need, request it and verified.

When you have your priorities right, things will start to work.
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