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I Owe No One Explanations Over Ambassadorial Appointment – Buratai

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigeria’s immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has insisted that he is not a politician and will not respond to opposition, who have kicked against his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari, as a non-career ambassador designate.

Buratai stated this during a dinner organized in his honour by members of 29th Regular Course Foundation, held at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.

“It’s an honourable retirement and also an honourable appointment.

Asked to react to the Peoples Democratic Party’s criticism of their appointment, Buratai said he would not respond to the PDP’s statement, insisting that he was not a politician.

“I’m not a politician, so I have no word for the opposition. I have done well,” Buratai said.

On his tenure as Chief of Army Staff, he added: “I am happy that in July last year, my officers at the Army headquarters compiled a compendium of my achievements.

“In fact, I can’t even remember all the projects that we have executed. Is it in terms of infrastructure? Is it in terms of capacity building? Is it training?

“Remember the various exercises. These are training exercises from ‘Python dance’, ‘Crocodile smile’, and even the latest one ‘Exercise Sahel Sanity’.”

“I must appreciate all Nigerians, my well-wishers, the youths, elders, men and women for their continuous prayers, goodwill and support to the Nigerian Army and me in the course of our duties to bring about peace and security in our country,’’ he said.

He also thanked Borno State governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, and his northeast counterparts for supporting him throughout  his stay in office.

Going down memory lane, the former COAS said his appointment was a special price for his father, the late Alhaji Yusufu Buratai, a well-known staunch loyalist of President Buhari.

Buratai has also admitted Buhari gave him the COAS appointment, because of his relationship with his father.

According to him, his appointment in July 2015 was a prize for the loyalty of his father, Yusuf Buratai, to Buhari.

Recall that General Buratai’s father, a Second World War veteran, served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force fighting in Burma.

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