Former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Sam Ode, and other members of the intellectual class have unveiled books au-thored on the achievements of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai. In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, the former minister said that while reassessing the operational strategies to adopt new methods in order to strengthen defence apparatus in the country, there was need to constantly review the dynamic undercurrents of terrorism war with its global connections and it’s linkage to Nigeria.
Ode, who made the presentation at the Annual Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Conference held in Ibadan, described as excellent, the leadership virtues exhibited by the Chief of Army Staff, who he said was leading Nigerian troops to courageously and gallantly decimate and defeat Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.
“I haven’t said this because I live in Abuja or have read in newspapers but as a former member of the Federal Executive Council at the time bombings started in Nigeria and one who has travelled the length and breadth of the country before and after the insurgency,” he stated.
Ode saluted the efforts and sacrifices of troops, who played active roles in the redemption mission for ensuring Nigerians live in peace as one indissoluble nation and also to ensure no part of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria was severed by devious sects, which delight in threatening the corporate existence.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the reprofessionalized and repositioned Nigerian Army has made Nigeria and Africa proud by its daring and successful exploits on Boko Haram terrorism. We all know the dynamic and asymmetrical character of terrorism warfare, which has proved difficult to surmount, even by far more technologically advanced nations of the world,” he added.
According to him, the Nigerian Army has proved its mettle as competent and result-orientated troops on any assignment adding that the timely legacy of defeating terrorism has left the world in awe and attracted foreign senior military officers to Nigeria for partnership to acquire the wealth of knowledge and experience. “Nonetheless, I want to seize this unique opportunity offered me to address this special conference to further amplify the enviable and exemplary leadership style of the COAS, Lt. Gen. TY Buratai, saying he is not just a soldier, but a General in the true sense of the word. “He strikes me like the finest Army Officer to berth in Nigeria for years. Gen. Buratai is rough and rugged in the trenches and at the same time, an impressive visionary and master of military administration.
These are the opinions of leading Nigerian scholars, researchers and even critics that I have documented in my work “The People’s Soldier” and have been invited by this August gathering to formally present to you.” He added:” I dare say, Nigeria is fortunate to be blessed with a resplendent military prodigy like Gen. Buratai. On the battlefield or in the office, Gen. Buratai conducts himself as a gifted genius of a rare breed. In his portrait, we see a replication of the world’s best brains in several fields because he leaves a lasting impression.
“We are happy that the internationally celebrated Army General is of Nigerian descent. A humble personality, Lt. Gen. Buratai is simply the People’s soldier, who is always with his troops, shares their joys and pains and strikes an interpersonal relationship with his troops and cares to identify them by their names. These are rare leadership qualities and, the younger generation of officers particularly has a lot to learn from him.”
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