The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt . Gen. Tukur Buratai ( retd), has attributed his appointment to his father’ s love for the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd) .
According to him, his appointment in July 2015 was a prize for the loyalty of his father , Yusuf Buratai to Buhari.
Akelicious reported that Buratai ’s father was a non-commissioned officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force and a World War II veteran who fought in Burma .
The former COAS expressed the views on Sunday night during a gala night organised by the 29 th Regular Course Association in Abuja in his honour to celebrate him as the longest – serving COAS and his successful retirement.
He expressed gratitude to the President for finding him worthy to serve as COAS , adding that he discharged his responsibilities to the best of his ability.
He also said that although it was a tough time serving as COAS, the service chiefs weathered the storm , adding “ I am retired but definitely not tired Insha Allah.”
Buratai said, “ My father was an ardent lover of the President and my appointment as COAS, therefore, was a price or reward for that gesture by the President .
“ Of course, and as you have been told severally, we (the President and I) met in Njemena and he saw me and felt I was the right person to be COAS at that very crucial and critical moment of our history .
“ And I am happy that we have discharged our responsibilities diligently , professionally and loyally , and I will continue to discharge my responsibilities to him and of course to our country and our people. ”
Speaking on the gala night staged in his honour , he said the event organised for him showed that he did well as the country’ s Chief of Army Staff .
“ It feels great (to be celebrated by my colleagues) at this point in time . It means a lot to me in terms of respect , in terms of the show of love.
“ It’ s something of pride that you have been recognised for the service you have rendered to your nation and people” , he said .
Buratai expressed gratitude to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State and all the governors of the North East, especially the governors of Yobe and Adamawa States for their support .
“ They have all worked hard to ensure that the insurgency in the North East have reached what we have today ; a manageable state and the progress have been quite tremendous so far ,” he said.
He also thanked Buhari on his new appointment as an Ambassador -designate , adding that he would continue to do the country proud and project its image in good light wherever he is deployed to.
Buratai said, “ On a final note, I must appreciate all Nigerians , my well -wishers, the youths, elders , men and women for their continuous prayers , goodwill and support to me and the Nigerian Army in the course of our duties to bring about peace and security in our country.
“ It was a tough time but we’ ve weathered the storm . I am retired but definitely not tired Insha Allah.
“ We have left great legacies in the Nigerian Army that I hope will last the test of time by God’ s grace, ” Buratai concluded.
Buratai and other Service Chiefs were sacked from their positions on January 26 , 2021.
Thereafter, the President appointed Major – General Leo Irabor ( Chief of Defence Staff ); Major- General I . Attahiru ( Chief of Army Staff ); Rear Admiral A .Z Gambo (Chief of Naval Staff ); and Air -Vice Marshal I .O Amao ( Chief of Air Staff ) as replacements .