The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.), has responded to criticisms that have trailed his ambassadorial appointment.
It would be recalled that Gen Buratai, alongside other service chiefs, were appointed non-careerr ambassadors immediately they were relieved of their positions by President Buhari.
Buratai spoke with journalists at a special gala night organized by members of the 29th Regular Course Association of the Nigerian Defense Academy in Abuja, on Saturday.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, replaced them with new officers, including Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor as Chief of Defense Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, as Chief of the Air Staff.
Asked to react to the People’s Democratic Party’s criticism of their appointment, Buratai said he would not respond to the PDP’s statement, insisting that he is not a politician.
He said, “It’s an honorable retirement and also an honorable appointment. I’m not a politician, so I have no word for the opposition. I have done well.”
He said he stood out while in charge as the COAS, saying, “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 medicine? In terms of education of our children and wards, the Nigerian Army University are all great achievements.”