The Chief of Army Staff has been given the Presidential Award for Excellence for his determined war against the Boko Haram insurgents.
The army boss was honoured with the prestigious award for leading the Nigerian Army to victory over the Boko Haram sect in the north eastern part of the country.
In a statement, the Nigerian Institute of Management [NIM], which conferred the award on the COAS said Gen. Buratai has been able to humble the insurgents within the last two years as well as restoring the confidence of Nigerians in the military.
Reading the citation of the COAS, the NIM said:
“However, in less than two years of Lt. Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai becoming the Army Chief of Staff, the tide has changed to a much safer north east and thereby restoring confidence in the Nigerian Army as a reliable agent for National Security.
Many of the captured and deserted cities and towns were recovered and normalcy gradually restored.
This rare feat could not have been possible without the intervention of Lt. Gen. Buratai, who, upon the assumption of duty, swiftly demonstrated his leadership skills and military prowess coupled with patriotic zeal, to tackle headlong, the nefarious activities of the insurgents, which threatened our national cohesion.
We present to you Lt. Gen. Buratai, NAM, GSS, psc (+) NDC )(BD), a world class Infantry Officer and exceptional Professional Manager (Security) worthy of recognition.
Lieutenant General Buratai was born in November 1960, at Buratai town, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
He started his primary school in Kaduna State and completed it at St. Patrick Primary School, Maiduguri, and thereafter, proceeded to Government Teachers’ College, Potiskum, now in Yobe State, where he completed and subsequently obtained his Teachers’ Grade 2 certificate with flying colours, graduating with distinction.
An iconic example of a citizen who places national interest above personal one, whose zeal to serve the nation with his life is inborn.
It is this inalienable zeal to serve the nation with his life that made him apply and gained admission into the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, as a member of the 29th Regular Combatant Course (29 RC) on 3rd January 1981.
On successful completion of his Officer Cadet training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 17th December 1983, into the Infantry Corps."
In another development, the Nigerian Army School of Finance and Administration Apapa, has been Awarded the Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Award for Institutional Excellence.
It is another plus for the Chief of Army Staff whose administration has remained committed to institutional reforms in the Nigerian Army to ensure the highest form of transparency and accountability in the Army's financial conduct.
An officer in the Finance School who spoke on the honour done to the COAS, noted that the Chief of Army Staff's reforms in the finance unit of the Army is fast bearing fruits as officers and soldiers have continued to receive training at workshops and seminars, exposure to standard financial practice and due process as a way of eliminating every form of corruption anywhere in the Nigerian Army.