The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said he has nothing to say to those opposing his ambassadorial appointment, noting that he performed creditably well during his tenure as service chief.
According to him, the numerous projects and infrastructural projects executed by his administration were compiled by appreciative officers at Army Headquarters in July 2020.
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Regarding negative comments about his appointment as an envoy and that of his colleagues, he said, “It’s an honourable retirement and also an honourable appointment. I’m not a politician, so I have no word for the opposition. I have done well.
"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 in terms of training?
“Since I was appointed, there was never a dull moment in terms of training. Remember the various exercises. These are training exercises from ‘Python dance’, ‘Crocodile smile’, and even the latest one ‘Exercise Sahel Sanity’.
“Is it in the area of medical? In terms of education of our children and wards, the Nigerian Army University are all great achievements.”
The past service chief expressed sincere gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing him as Chief of Army Staff and reiterated that he discharged his responsibilities to the best of his ability.
He also showered encomiums on Nigerians from various walks of life that supported him with prayers, advice, and words of encouragement that made him achieve so much as COAS.
He said, “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 also thanked the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, and his North-East counterparts, who 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.”
Buratai stated that his appointment was a special price for his father, the late Alhaji Yusufu Buratai, a well-known staunch loyalist of President Buhari.
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.
Speaking further, he expressed appreciation to the members of the 29th Regular Course Association for being such wonderful friends and course mates and organising such a befitting event in his honour, adding that he felt so happy to be celebrated. It means a lot to him and his family.
“It is also a mark of fulfilment and pride that you have been recognised for the service you have rendered to your nation and your people,” he stated.
SaharaReporters, New York