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Gen Ezugwu describes Buratai as the most outstanding military strategist By Auwal Umar Former Director-General of Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Major General Victor Okwudili Ezugwu (Rtd) has described former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Rtd) as the most outstanding military strategist he has ever worked with.

 

Gen Ezugwu stated this in an exclusive interview with our correspondents on the first day In his words, “I have passed through several Chiefs of Army Staff from 1990 till today but Gen Buratai is the most outstanding military strategist that I can say that I wanted to be like him.

 

According to him, Gen Buratai was a warrior and courageous Chief of Army Staff who had compassion for his troops and officers and wanted them to be better than him.

Gen Ezugwu describes Buratai as The Most Outstanding Military Strategist 

In his words, “I have passed through several Chiefs of Army Staff from 1990 till today but Gen Buratai is the most outstanding military strategist that I can say that I wanted to be like him.

 

“He impressed me with his kind of leadership. He is a warrior, he is a very good and courageous man. In him, I saw a man of courage, I saw a man who has compassion for his troops and officers, a man who wants his officers to be better than him. He groomed all of us.” According to the former DICON DG, there is no Major General in the Nigerian Army that served under Buratai and wasn’t groomed to become a successful officer.

 

Gen Ezugwu expressed willingness to continue learning from Buratai even outside the military and also to support the former COAS in his future career in the country, adding that he understands the country very well and would make a good leader when the time comes. Speaking on his post-service plans, Gen Ezugwu said he was excited to be retiring from the Nigerian Army after serving the country for several years, adding that he had prepared and prayed for the day to come. He also expressed his readiness to serve God better than ever as he has retired from active service and is no longer restricted by his uniform.

 

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General Buratai: A Sparse Speaker And Still This Legendary Character

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It was difficult to convince some active-duty and retired military personnel to talk to them about the former Army Chief Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. Meeting some of these serving officers in the barracks was like daring to enter the lion’s den to steal part of his prey. But even on dangerous terrain, I have done so several times in my job as a journalist. Soldiers are just ordinary folks like us. The difference is the brutal training they underwent to transform from civilians to war machines with the aim of defending a nation’s integrity.

 

 

 

Unless one hits on their beast of prey, these brothers in green uniforms and welding with weapons while standing in their boots in their solidly guts are frequently soft and gentle. Since I have been an investigative journalist with a focus on security reporting for many years, I am aware of the circumstances in which troops would wish to be featured in a story while discussing a sensitive issue. As a result, I gave them the normal assurances of anonymity in the spirit of journalism. And I stick by my commitment to these hapless soldiers who are confined within the barracks’ four walls.

 

General Buratai: A Sparse Speaker And Still This Legendary Character

Although they spoke well of the former Army chief, the fear of being witch-hunted by those who may not like their positions on General Buratai should be respected. As such, I have given my words not to mention them in my stories but their mouths have spoken many truths that makes the former COAS the envy of some comrades who lost the spirit of comradeship, which should continue for a lifetime as members of the war spirits.

One of the men who spoke with me described former Army Chief Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as a cherub with eyes over all his wings and therefore, nothing would catch him off guard. ” He is gentle yet strong. I am not surprised that some of his colleagues are envious of his rising political status after retirement. I know some of these stories from your questions but you did not hear anything from me.” One of the Officers said.” You know what they always said, just act like you don’t know, “he added.

I think there should be a curriculum for retired generals and soldiers who are delving into politics after retirement. The unethical approaches and loss of comradeship is tiring the long-known military sayings from the regimented wombs. It was said that, when you have an enemy, he tags along with other enemies to discuss you. But in the end, they are all enemies of one another. As such, whatever they discussed about you in the closet, everything is made open by one of them in the final analysis.

One of them may have revealed the gathering of a few retired generals at the home of one of those hosting them to talk politics and how to keep the former army chief general Tukur Yusuf Buratai away from the Tinubu camp at the table where dirt was hatched on how to control the Tinubu administration in the coming days. Some of the former generals present at the conference, as well as the opponents, are entering politics on the wrong footings. I purposely chose not to reveal their names in this article, but we do have lists of them.

“They just got together and decided to do all in their power to keep former Army Chief Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai far away from the Tinubu administration. They also had big plans for a smear campaign against him. We must pay close attention to these politics and the flood of retired military personnel. I would like a scenario in which retired military commanders or any other uniformed individuals should be sent back to school to refresh their knowledge of civilian life before re-entering society. Concern is warranted given certain former officers’ actions and what is now going on in our nation with politicians and uniformed personnel.” An impeccable source revealed

Last Tuesday, we revealed efforts to discredit the former chief of the army, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, due to internal political conflicts and anticipations for the appointments the Tinubu government is expected to make in the coming days. Truth be told, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, as reserved as he was, was a crucial component of the security architecture and made a lasting impression on the Nigerian military, making him a legendary figure. It makes sense why he has been the target of those who believe they can erase his accomplishments by tearing him down.

“If the barracks could talk, they would be able to tell you numerous tales about General Buratai that set him apart from other army chiefs who came before him, especially this one who is inviting guests to his home to talk about Buratai. Buratai is still the only military Chief, who receives the same positive feedback from many comrades as the former military president (IBB) does within the military enclaves, if for no other reason. Therefore, it follows that General Buratai won the soldiers’ respect not because he has been the COAS the longest, but rather because he is familiar with their way of thinking.” One of the troops explained.

Indeed, when a general treated his troops as his own children, as they said, they would accompany him into any valley to vanquish his foes. Because of this, nothing concerning the former Army Chief that occurred within or outside the barracks would escape his notice within a 24-hour period. I believe that his soldiers are still showing him thanks by doing this.

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The Legacies of Gen Tukur Buratai Nigerians Should Always Remember

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The Legacies of Gen Tukur Buratai Nigerians Should Always Remember.*

*The Legacies of Gen Tukur Buratai Nigerians Should Always Remember.*

*By Ibrahim Dosara*

 

 

 

Lt Gen Amb Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd ), the 20th Chief of Army Staff was a Military Commander whose career was full of successful achievements and wonderful experience. Besides his excellent records of achievements and performance during both training and operations, Gen Tukur Buratai led successful operations in both fields and intelligence.

 

The Legacies of Gen Tukur Buratai Nigerians Should Always Remember.*

 

 

His military career which took him out of the country in training and operations has availed him the wealth of experience and opportunities to acquire and master the needed knowledge, tactics and strategy for military capabilities to intelligently confront and deal with enemies. It was against this background that Buratai became very much successful in all the assignments given to him, despite the sabotage planned and orchestrated
against him by some of colleagues who saw him as a big threat to their ambition for amassing wealth from the fight against terrorism.

 

 

 

 

A cursory of Gen Buratai’s legacies revealed that he left among other achievements, some successful legacies Nigerians should always remember.

 

 

 

 

 

These include but not limited to:

 

 

 

1. Security Sector:
A. Conquering the Dreaded Boko Haram Terrorists in the North-Eastern Nigeria.
Before the coming of Gen Tukur Buratai as the Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, the North Eastern Region of the county was almost conquered and taken over by the Boko Haram Terrorists. Many local government areas of Borno, Yobe, Taraba and Adamawa states were captured and occupied completely by the terrorists. Their flags were hoisted all over the local government areas they took over.

People were being slaughtered like sacrificial rams. Business activities including farming were halted for fear of unknown. Foreign business partners deserted the region for their lives. The region was nearly out of Nigerian government, as taxes and other administrative structurs were changed to those of the Boko Haram regime.

However, on the assumption in office as the nation’s Chief of Army Staff, Gen Buratai swung into action and quickly adopted measures to deal with the situation. Training, provision of modern Warfare, weaponry, new techniques in intelligence gathering and sharing among the security operatives, integration of general public on information gathering and sharing, Media Operations, provision of welfare to the families of officers and men in the warfront, etc were some of the tactics adopted by the general to rubbish the Boko Haram fighters to gorilla fighters. He restored normalcy in the region and life began to be business as usual.

If not for the sabotage from
some of his colleagues, the remnants of the gorilla Boko Haram fighters would have been a history. Lt Gen Buratai should therefore be remembered always in this direction. His strategic master plans are today being used in getting rid of the remnants Boko Haram terrorists.

B. Sahel Sanity Operations.
General Buratai saw the need to focus on the activities of rural banditry in the North West Nigeria where farming activities were stopped due to the activities of bandits terrorising the region.
He strategically planned and prepared a master plan to deal with the bandits and creat environment for farmers to go back to their respective farmlands to cultivate food and cash crops for the region and the rest of the country.

This Sahel Sanity was very successful as farmers were able to go back to their lands and cultivated large volumes of food and cash crops thereafter.
Farmers are still counting the benefits they reaped as a result of the Sahel Sanity Operation organised and executed by Gen Buratai in the North-west and Central Niger states.
C. The South East IPOB Separatists.

Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai after study and analysis of the security challenges facing the South East Nigeria where IPOB terrorists were killing innocent people and planning cessation against the Nigerian state, considered organising what he called Operation Crocodile Smile to deal with the separatists.
Within no time, Gen Buratai dealt with the situation and restored normalcy in that region.

2. Saving Nigeria’s Democracy.
A. ENDSARS Crisis.
The crisis planned and hatched by some Nigerians leaving in the diaspora with the help of foreign corporate firms, NGOs and individuals nearly consumed Nigeria’s democracy, if not for the timely intervention of the then Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
The ENDSARS protests provided all the needed environment for the change of government, but gen Buratai who sworn to protect the territorial intergrity of his country swung into action in saving the situation by democratically calming the situation and restored normalcy in all the places the protest took new dimensions and hijacked by hoodlums supported by antti- democracy elements.

B. 2023 Campaign.
Many people are unaware of the vital role Gen Buratai played during the 2023 general elections. It was obvious that the turbulent situation created during the campaign and the general elections for the 2023 was something of grave concern to all Nigerians. The polity was heated to the extent that many Nigerians were even speculating that the elections might not hold.

However, due to the effective and coordination of security concerns by the leader of elections security of the APC, Gen Tukur Buratai ensured smooth and peaceful conduct of bith the campaign and elections throughout the country, not only for the APC, but other political parties. It was Buratai who monitored and assured Nigerian politicians and their supporters the assurance to have peaceful campaigns and elections, as well as handling over power to democratically elected leaders.

Throughout the APC campaigns Gen Tukur Buratai was always with the campaign trail of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He gave the needed supports both moral and materials to enaure Tinubu won the 2023 presidential election.

Gen Buratai was successful in the assignment because he knows the security terrain of the country including the architectural design of the National Security of this nation. He knows how to coordinate and sanitize the nation’s security challenges if given the opportunity to do so.

His support and loyalty to the president, as well as his wealth of experience has strategically placed him on top in the scheme of things to handle the nation’s security issues for the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Gen Tukur Buratai will surely be an iconic security adviser capable of handling issues of security concerns for President Bola AhmedTinubu.

*Ibrahim Dosara*
*writes from Gusau, Zamfara State.*
05/06/2023

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Generals At War: How Sadique, Monguno’s Media Brokers Allegedly Approached Editors, Bloggers With Scripts To Disparage Buratai

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Generals At War: How Sadique, Monguno’s Media Brokers Allegedly Approached Editors, Bloggers With Scripts To Disparage Buratai

 

By: James Bwala

 

 

I anticipated that this article could involve treading on some sensitive ground. But I am aware that standing up for the truth may also be heroism. Nigeria will be a better country when those with the proper minds stand up for the truth. When he arrived with the notion of a rekindled optimism, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu held this position. Therefore, it is too early for those whose selfish interests aim to stifle government to make way for a better Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

Recent assaults by Sahara Reporters on the former head of the Army, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, have revealed more people and organizations with ill will toward the current leadership. Additionally, they are currently attempting to put the current president against the former army chief for their selfish political reasons.

 

 

 

 

 

While we continue to keep an eye on their activities, it is becoming more and more obvious that these elements will be exposed in their upcoming attempt to assassinate the character of the former Army Chief, whose political relevance in the new administration is giving them nightmares because their hired media shills have been exposed too.

 

 

 

 

It is evident that one of their leads, Hon. Kabiru Mohammed has been to Lagos to finalize a plan to pitch President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu against Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the former head of the army. a project allegedly supported by certain ex-comrades who became involved in politics and are starting to learn how to play the system by causing trouble and blackmailing people after hanging up their boots and looking for importance in the new administration.

 

 

 

 

This is happening as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s new government is systematically handpicking the best people to assist him in leading Nigeria ahead in the direction of a vision of renewed hope. Well-meaning Nigerians praised President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s announcement of the appointments of his chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, and secretary to the government of the federal. Their tactics is to deny him the privilege of strategic thinking in appointing the best as he will.

 

The rumour making the round is already making some former service chiefs fall over themselves with a sinister mind of working for themselves or their preferred persons against any choice they feared President Tinubu may make, which is contrary to their plans of holding the government’s jugulars. The Tinubu’s administration is yet to make the announcement of who makes the ministerial lists but names running the rumour mill over the possibility of bringing former Army Chief Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai is already unsettling former military Generals under the Buhari administration. 

 

 

 

 

 

General Monguno and Ex- Air Chief Sadique Abubakar were mentioned as already fighting General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for whatever was left unfinished while in the army or for mere ego that they feared he possessed an intimidating record to stand taller in the next move by the president.

 

 

 

Recall that long ago, while Buratai was in charge of the Nigerian Army, attempts were made to undermine his successes in repositioning the security architecture. Emmanuel Onwubiko, the Coordinator of HURIWA, claims that moles have been put in the Army whose actions are intended to undermine General Buratai’s efforts to combat terrorism, particularly in the northeastern region of Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

Onwubiko’s statement reads: “There is no gainsaying the fact that the transformation of the Nigerian Army rapidly manifested under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai (Rtd), who was proactive in the war against terrorism despite efforts by moles and saboteurs embedded within the Army who were derailing the objectives of the counter Terror War and the efforts for the respect for fundamental human rights.”

 

 

 

 

Onwubiko suggested that perhaps those who haven’t been persuaded by the remarkable transformational measures devised to reposition the Nigerian Army for successful counter-insurgency battles and maintain military-civilian relationship practices are either bad historians or have poor memory retention.

 

 

 

He claims that recently, as part of the celebrations for the 2020 Nigerian Army Day and its corporate social responsibility, the newly constructed Camp Delta Force Quick Reaction Base was commissioned to improve the readiness of the military to respond quickly to terrorist activities in the communities. This was done in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

 

 

 

 

He said that the tremendous accomplishments that helped the Nigerian Army rise to the position of leadership in the security community would not have been possible without the devotion and selfless service of the previous Army Chief. This did not sit well with other groups, who, as Onwubiko noted, had hired spies to blame for the victories that had a direct bearing on the fighting in the northeast and, by extension, the northwest of Nigeria.

According to reports, the tainted relationship between the former Army Chief Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and the outgoing NSA General Monguno retired was a continuation of the feud that began between the late Chief of Staff to former President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Abba Kyari, and the outgoing NSA General Monguno retired. The article further stated that given the present political situation, outgoing NSA General Monguno has reaffirmed his commitment to preventing any influence or appointments for former Army Chief Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai inside the Tinubu government.

Additionally, it was learned that the outgoing NSA went above and above to compile a long list of supposed events that took place during General Buratai’s heyday as COAS in an effort to discredit and denigrate him in the public eye. Even though it was revealed that the former Air Chief Sadique Abubakar was behind recent attacks by Sahara Reporters on the personality of the former Army Chief, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, it is rumored that General Monguno may not be the only person seeking General Buratai’s downfall in the unfolding political relevance of the former Army Chief.

“From late yesterday to this morning, I received calls from some of my editor colleagues, including SR itself, about an approach made to them to publish a well-scripted damaging story on the former Army Chief, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, alleging that he secretly helped PDP during the last presidential election that Asiwaju won,” said the editor who expressed his thoughts on the misguided attempt to smear Buratai’s name. I think they’re playing a game here to pitch the current administration against the old Army Chief, who is already starting to matter politically under the Bola Tinubu-led administration.

It was gathered that on Hon. Kabiru Mohammed was being used in media campaigns against the former Army Chief for at least two years now. He was said to be presently in Lagos in the pursuit of the dastardly assignment.

We also gathered that General Monguno (rtd0 is doing an executive summary of all the alleged infractions, which he plans to present to President Tinubu later this week. Hon. Kabiru will then ensure regular publication of snippets in the social and mainstream media – all with a view to damaging the reputation of the General and stopping his good relationship with the new administration.

 

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