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Obasanjo almost retired me 21 years ago ~ Ex-COAS Buratai

The former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said he was nearly retired by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, 21 years ago at the rank of Major.

He described his growth to the rank of Lieutenant General and Chief of Army Staff as historic.

Buratai, who made the revelation during his official handover to Major General Ibrahim Attahiru at the Defence Headquarters, said the Army will never remain the same after his exit.

Buratai said: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo almost retired me 21 years ago when I was a Major. My retirement after 40 years of Service is historic, hence, calls for gratitude”.

Applauding troops serving home and overseas, Buratai maintained that the Army will not remain the same considering his transformational leadership and outstanding achievements.

He added that the Nigerian Army has been better positioned with intelligence gathering techniques and equipment.

Buratai said the security situation across the country is largely stabilised under his watch.

He prided his administration will be remembered for improved professionalism, improved responsiveness to personnel welfare and responsiveness to Nigeria’s Democratic system.

The new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru on his part appealed for the support of soldiers and officers to reposition the Nigerian Army.

He thanked President Muhamamadu Buhari for finding him worthy, adding he counts himself lucky to have been chosen.

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