Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, immediate past Chief of Army Staff, pulled out from the Army on Friday, January 29,2021 with the assurance that he is leaving behind, a Nigerian Army that has been professionally positioned for effective service delivery through intelligence gathering techniques and equipment.
President Muhammadu Buhari, announcing the change of guards in the armed forces also commended the brilliant efforts made by Lt. General Buratai and other service chiefs in the fight against terrorism. He thanked the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavors.”
“In the estimation of both local and international analysts, General Buratai has done remarkably well in transforming the Army into a professional force, able to defend Nigeria’s democracy. His indelible marks in the war on terror and in infrastructural development for the Nigerian Army is unparalleled,” Buhari commended.
The ex-COAS described his retirement after forty (40) years of service as historic having placed the Army better positioned to fight on. He acknowledged troops serving at home and abroad, noting that the military would not remain the same owing to his transformational leadership and achievements.
“My retirement after 40 years of service is historic, hence it calls for gratitude and the Nigerian Army has been better positioned with intelligence gathering techniques and equipment,” Lt. General buratai said.
Insisting that the security situation in country is largely stabilized under his watch, Buratai added that his administration would be remembered for three (3) things which includes: improved professionalism, improved responsiveness to personnel welfare and responsiveness to Nigeria’s democratic system.