Immediate Past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Friday disclosed that he left the Nigerian Army better than he met it on assumption of Command more than five years ago.
Gen Buratai made the disclosure at the pulling out parade organized in his honour at Mogadishu Cantonment just as he reiterated that the Nigerian Army under his leadership was able to achieve greats feats in the fight against insurgency in the country.
He said, “The counter insurgency operation is a warfare that is new to the Nigerian Army. But over time, we have continued to improve and device means of tackling the ever evolving dynamic nature of the threats in the country”.
“The Nigerian Army has remained resolute in the discharge of it’s roles as enshrined in the Constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria. I urge you all to continue to rise to the occasion”.
Gen Buratai consequently urged the new COAS to maintain the momentum and the pressure to rid the country of the last vestiges of terrorism from the North East.
Applauding Governor Umara Babagana Zulum of Borno state for the immense role he played in the fight against insurgency, Buratai said, “He came with a unique style of leadership. I can assure you that collectively, the Nigerian Army and the Borno state government will end this insurgency in the shortest possible time”.
“The remaining enclaves have already been entered by our troops. They are in the process of evicting them and dealing with them decisively. I want to urge the Chief of Army Staff to maintain the momentum and the pressure to rid those last vestiges of terrorists in the North East.
“Let me at this point pay tribute to our departed heroes. To the soldiers in various operations, I say Bravo and keep the flag flying.
On his advise to politicians, Buratai said, “We need politicians who are statesmen to to work closely with professional military Commanders. This is the panacea to unlocking the surmounting security challenges confronting the country.
He further called for support of the new Chief of Army Staff as he pilots the affairs of the Nigerian Army.
During the pulling out ceremony, the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (RTD) launched a book in honour of Gen TY Buratai titled “The Legend of Buratai Volume 2” which consist of 125 pages and 9 Chapters.
He described Gen Buratai as a seasoned General saying “Buratai is not just an outstanding and an accomplished General, but also a renowned author.
Present at the pulling out ceremony were Governor Umara Zulum, Senator Ali Ndume, the Emir of Biu,