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I was nearly retired by Obasanjo at the rank of Major 21 years ago – Buratai



Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, COAS, has said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo almost retired him 21 years ago as a Major in the Nigerian Army.

He disclosed this while handing over to Major General Ibrahim Attahiru who replaced him as the new COAS at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

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The former COAS, however, described his attainment of the rank of Lieutenant General and Chief of Army Staff as historic.

Buratai commended troops serving home and abroad, stressing that the Nigerian Army will never remain the same.

According to Buratai: “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.”

Buratai alongside his colleagues as Service Chiefs resigned paving way for their replacement by Buhari.

Their continued stay in office after serving the mandatory years of service has generated furore in Nigeria in view of the heightened insecurity in the land.

Recall that some weeks ago, the council received from the federal government various equipments and facilities that will be used in carrying out the cleaning exercise.