● Lt. Gen. Buratai : As an icon bows out of Military Service

“Veni, vidi, vici, which means “I came, I saw, I conquered”- William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”.

The popularized dramatic character, identified to us as Julius Caesar was a reconfigured and fictionalized persona in lots of of the performs of English outstandingly gifted playwright, William Shakespeare. Caesar lived in precise life and was certainly, a warrior of his instances; an unbending standard warfare mystique or enigma, a dozen centuries in the past in Greek society.

I perceive, via historic sources the close to correct accounts of a Greek historian, Appian of Alexandria, who wrote to the Roman Senate, proclaiming Caesar’s warfront victory towards Pharnaces II of Pontus in the battle of Zela. It led to the cited quote, proclaiming Caesar’s victory to the glory of his nation.

Shakespeare solely replayed Julius Caesar’s valour in warfare via dramatic arts. The playwright solely preserved the historical past of the battle exploits and bravery of a residing legend, Julius Caesar. He wished it etched in the psyche of his nation and the world. Today, we speak about Julius Caesar with little or no and even zero consideration of his energies/life dedicated to rescuing his nation from the cliffs of sword-bearing wolves.

I understand the rapid previous Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and watchdog of the counter-insurgency operations, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai in the fascinating significance of Julius Caesar’s historic fame. Nigerians forgets; and they neglect very simply.

Nevertheless, as a liberal minded particular person, I will always concede to differing opinions on Gen. Buratai from Nigerians. He was their chief inside the army realm. But it does not obviate actuality, no less than inside my perceptive judgment of his tenure as COAS and Chief assegai-bearer of the counter-insurgency operations in the nation.

So, in spite of no matter ill-feelings, misgivings or malice, any Nigerian nurses towards Gen. Buratai , he has stamped and entrenched his picture in my psyche or that of unbiased Nigerians, as Nigeria’s most iconic Military officer and vibrant chief of all instances. I don’t assume my assertion is wayward or off the observe for these ready to offer me onerous knocks. I hear some nauseating laughing that President Buhari sacked Gen. Buratai. Very faulty! Mr. President solely relived Gen. Buratai and the others to relaxation having achieved so impactfully in tackling insecurities in the nation for over 5 years.

I always hotly argue with associates in disputation of the notion that leaders should be accepted by all people. It’s not humanly tenable. A pacesetter is cherished and despised; he’s scorned and even ridiculed. Whilst he served our fatherland at the danger of his life, Gen. Buratai was each hated and cherished by the identical folks he served.

Gen. Buratai narrowly escaped assassination by the whiskers on the Mafa- Dikwa highway, Borno state, in the palms of Boko Haram terrorists barely two weeks after his resumption of responsibility, whereas returning on operational tour of troops in the warzone. Insurgents ambushed him. It was in his only a few weeks in workplace as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and ombudsman of the counter-insurgency operations in the nation.

That’s the inevitable cross of management. Perceptively, the intention of the Boko Haramists ambush on Gen. Buratai was predictable. Terrorists plotted to kill him or in the happenstance he escapes unharmed, Nigeria ought to have a frightened COAS, too scared to ponder a go to to the theatre of warfare.

But incident moderately bolstered Gen. Buratai. He personally stepped down from his convoy and led the battle towards the ambushers. Scores of insurgents died! Today, I fondly recount his recollections as an Army Chief who has personally spilled extra blood of terrorists in the battlefront than the enemies had wished on him or have ever achieved to Nigerian troops.

In 2020 and inside three weeks of Gen. Buratai’s relocation to the Northeast alone, over 2,000 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists kissed demise in the frontlines. Buratai’s cozy places of work in Abuja had been not his consolation zone actually. Gen. Buratai was a pacesetter who always most well-liked the trenches. That’s the mark of a gallant soldier.

Unfortunately, in the incident of insurgents assault on Gen. Buratai’s convoy, one other gallant soldier of the out-gone Army Chief, a private Military aide, died defending his boss. May the soul of this brave soldier relaxation in good peace. He paid the supreme value in order that Gen. Buratai may dwell; he martyred himself in order that Nigeria may defeat terrorists.

And I’m excited we’re close to the level of complete defeat of terrorists now. These are incidents which have excited me with Gen. Buratai’s years of trustworthy service to the nation.

And regardless of the predisposition of anyone, it does not impair the real attributes and efficiency of a pacesetter I’ve sighted in the soldier, Gen. Buratai. He completely squares into my philosophy and understanding of an very best chief. He combines all the traits of management and professionalism-friendliness, humaneness, kindness, sternness, strictness, compassionateness, amiableness, a perpetual gaze on excellence and brutal frankness in all conditions.

I can vividly recall the sunken state Gen. Buratai met the Nigerian Army in 2015. I may also write a complete e-book on the seen transformations Gen. Buratai has rubbed or imposed on the Nigerian Army in merely 5 to 6 years. Like Julius Caesar, Gen. Buratai got here, noticed and conquered, Nigeria’s insecurities at a really auspicious time when vicious evil drenched our nation. A workaholic to the core, Gen. Buratai was by no means drained, transferring from North to south on operational tour.

The erstwhile Army Chief is one soldier, I’ve by no means met, however via his actions, I’ve each motive to believe he’s audacious, brave, dexterous, decided and with eyes fixated on excellence on all his assignments. Even his most unrepentant and hardline critics can not miss these exemplary qualities in him. He is my hero, an distinctive position mannequin; a soldier versed in army craft, administrative excellence and the sport of the trenches. That’s my very best soldier!

How many of us ever dreamed that Boko Haram bombs and different explosive units would cease exploding in Abuja, the nation’s capital metropolis? Gen. Buratai instructed us its doable and he completed it. Did Nigerians ever believe that the rising tide of Militancy in the Niger Delta as propelled by the Niger Delta Avengers would subside for a clean and uninterrupted exploration of Nigeria’s crude oil?

We should not cease asking these inquiries to prick the conscience of a sleepy Nigeria. Did we ever know the malignant most cancers in the Southeast of Nigeria known as IPOB, whose members had been utilized by an opportunist with a flaccid nationality often known as Nnamdi Kanu, who gladly indulged in extra-judicial killings of their very own kith and kin in the guise of secession agitations would have respite? Kanu’s brigandage was the worse kind of roguery in Nigeria’s latest historical past. His IPOB overpowered the Police, however Gen. Buratai halted its lacerations on Nigerians’ very noiselessly.

It takes a coronary heart imbued with compassion and mercy to steer impactfully in Nigeria. We all dwell on this nation and is aware of what decided sabs may do to a devoted chief. Gen. Buratai was not spared the rod of organized saboteurs. The damaging leeches had been unleashed in all places. But he cleverly dodged the arrows hurled at him and moderately most well-liked concentrating on the nationwide task Mr. President had given him. He ignored the campaigns of denigrations tossed at him.

Let’s be frank with ourselves once more! Before the administration of President Buhari , did we believe the 5 states in the Northeast, which Boko Haram prolonged suffocating tentacles in its vicious venom would ever know peace and tranquility? Leaders, sponsors and sympathizers of Boko Haram are fairly conscious that the cursed spiritual extremists have been restricted to the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno state, which shares borders with neighboring international locations like Niger, Chad and the relaxation by Gen. Buratai.

A globally acclaimed warmonger and advocate of peace, Gen. Buratai has not disillusioned us. The performances of troops in the frontlines over manifold insecurity challenges in the nation have been commendably excellent in the frontlines. Can Abubakar Shekau roar once more with the fury of a demigod over Nigerians like he did in the years previous? Gen. Buratai has decreased him to a residing vegetable in his hideout?

I take a look at the new Army colleges Buratai has constructed or the previous ones revived below his management. These are uncommon improvements; the Nigerian Army least anticipated that Nigeria is succesful of establishing specialised colleges for its Army or the Military. The Nigerian Army University Biu, (NUAB), Nigerian Army Aviation School, Nigerian Army War College, separate from Nigerian War College are some of the additions Gen. Buratai is bequeathing to his constituency as legacies. How did the incident of feminine suicide bombers finish? Gen. Buratai launched the novel Nigerian Army’s Female Corps.

Buratai’s ingenuity broke the cultural or conventional prohibitions on curbing feminine suicide bombers. We have stopped operating away from ATM queues when a feminine teenager wearing “hijab” is sighted. Anyone who nonetheless insists that Gen. Buratai wasted his years in workplace as Army boss is a possible psychotic affected person.

Abubakar Shekau can solely bark now, however can not chew. All of us is aware of it. He dreads Gen. Buratai like anybody would dread a searing apparition in a dream. Whoever thought, apart the popularized Chibok schoolgirls, there have been not greater than 20,000 Nigerians held hostage by Boko Haram in secret gulags is actually a joker. Gen. Buratai rescued them from the grip of captors.

Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has repeatedly reminded us that earlier than the Buhari Presidency, Boko Haram insurgents had illegally appropriated no less than 21 LGAs and enclaves in the Northeast- very famously, Gwoza, Baga and Bama areas. Buratai’s toxic slap on their faces recovered all of them. I do know that by at the moment, none of Nigeria’s territories is below Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ administrative management.

Therefore, Gen. Buratai was not sacked as some individuals believe. He needed to naturally bow out of energetic army service at the discretion of Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN). That day was July twenty sixth, 2021. Sir, please, take pleasure in the blissful ease of retirement after a meritorious service to fatherland. We are proud of your golden torch on terrorists!

Regardless of the ideas of your adversaries, you had been actually a fantastic chief collectively with your colleagues’ in the hierarchy of Service Chiefs. And in all of you my nice leaders, I dare say with the inspiration of your collectively rewarding service to nationhood, we’re properly happy. Again, have a blissful retirement with God Almighty’s ordained longevity. Gen. Buratai, “ you got here, you noticed and you conquered.

Prince wrote this piece from Abuja.

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