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Tukur Buratai: Past performance produces present privileges By Femi Oyewale 

Ambassador Buratai Congratulates Aluko As New Benin Republic Ambassador, Launches Book November 22 Ambassador Olukayode Aluko, former deputy of the Nigeria Mission in Benin Republic to Ambassador Tukur Yusufu Buratai (CFR) has been appointed as Nigerian Ambassador to the French-speaking West Africa Country. Congratulating Aluko, Ambassador Buratai (CFR) who served as Benin Republic Ambassador from February 4, 2021, till November 2022 as well as Nigerian Chief of Army Staff between July 2015 and 2021 and retired as Lieutenant General, extolled the virtue of President Muhammadu Buhari who intelligently picked Aluko as his successor. He described the appointment as “Well deserved,” and a round peg in a round hole. In a letter he personally signed and dated November 15, Buratai prayed for Aluko’s success and urged him to continue the implementation of the legacy policy framework they both articulated for the well-being of patriotic Nigerians in the Benin Republic. “This appointment is a resounding acknowledgment of your many years of meritorious service to our dear country. I commend your dynamism and professional approach to the handling of the mission under me as the deputy head of the mission. “I am sure you will continue to improve on the quality of service delivery in the mission for the benefit of the law-abiding Nigerians in the host country. “God will grant you wisdom and good health as you justify the confidence reposed in you,” Buratai prayed. Meanwhile, leaders across sectors would gather on Tuesday, November 22, at the Silverbird Cinema, Abuja to attend a book launch in honour of the former Ambassador. Titled The “legend of Buratai” and written by Dr. Abubakar Mohammed Sani, the book is a public presentation of the children's book and animated narration of the “Legend of Buratai.” Expected at the event as a Special guest of honour is the current Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the chief launcher while Rotimi Amaechi, immediate past Minister of Transportation, and Dr. Mohammed Goni Alkali, Chief Executive Officer, of North East Development Commission, NEDC will serve as co-chairmen. The royal father of the day is King Sir Lenu Tsaro-Igbara JP, Gbene-Tee Koo IX, paramount ruler of Nortem-Bori communities, Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State

Tukur Buratai: Past performance produces present privileges By Femi Oyewale 

You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional. ~ Joe Paterno
Of a truth, Past performance produces present privileges. This aptly describes Ambassador Tukur Buratai (CFR)  who remains an exceptional diplomat and whose service record speaks volumes of an unalloyed commitment to the Nigerian dream and an equally astonishing level of patriotism to those ideals that define us as a people and country.
Tukur Buratai: Past performance produces present privileges By Femi Oyewale 
Interestingly, only few know that Ambassador Buratai is a humble man who is a perfect example of a man who beautifully has power but don’t use it.  A man of few words whose compassion Is a direct opposite of the archaic impression that military men are expressionless, mean and authoritarian.
My encounters with him during his service years as the chief of army staff and currently as the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin made me realise that he is an exceptional personality who is imbued with unsual intelligence, charisma, compassion, discipline, vision and mission to help individuals, organisations and nation interpret their dreams. He is a barrier breaker and a line crosser. This explains why he is grossly misunderstood by many who wonder how can one man be so favoured and endowed with exceptional qualities and achievements. No wonder among his peers, he is greatly flavoured.
He is a great listener with a listening ear, cool, calm and collected. I can say with with all modest that he is not the flamboyant type. Rather, he invest in human assets by helping them to interpret their dreams and visions.
 Like someone rightly recalled of the lofty exploits of Ambassador Tukur Buratai while he held sway as the chief of army staff. I call those days the impeccable days in the annals of the Nigerian Army in terms of strategy and tactics; Ambassador Tukur Buratai indeed came to the party.
The way and manner he was able to turn around the fortunes of the Nigerian Army were also outstanding and in record time. From a lethargic situation to a combatant position in less than a year, the result was felt across the country with regards to addressing the security situation in the country. That was the vintage Tukur Buratai.
Again, Ambassador Tukur Buratai was able to contribute his quota in service to the country because the President and Commander-in-Chief recognized his capacity to deliver in that critical assignment and eventually provided the enabling environment for him to flourish.
Truth be told, his nomination as a diplomat was indeed a masterstroke by President Muhammadu Buhari towards utilizing his wealth of experience in service to the country over the years.
His Excellency’s resume is rich and replete with acts of patriotism that would make any nation green with envy. Little wonder he was among notable Nigerians conferred with National Honours by President Buhari few days ago.
I quite agree with the fact that Buratai stands tall from the lot and I have no reservations in his strides as a politician. I am aware of his commitment to the Nigerian cause in the course of the several engagements he has had with the members of the intelligentsia community in Nigeria. He has always been robust in his thoughts and engagements which somewhat culminated in the numerous awards and engagements as speaker in a number of intelligent discourse.
Buratai is a lesson in history on what patriotism entails. His passion and energy towards the Nigerian cause cannot be questioned by any well-meaning Nigerian conversant with how he led the Nigerian Army in the prosecution of the war against insurgency and others. I made bold to say that Nigeria is yet to see or tap from the multidimensional leadership qualities embedded in this great General cum Ambassador. He is indeed like a moon among the stars.
Femi Oyewale

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