..As Gen. Attahiru takes over command of Nigerian Army
The outgoing Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in his farewell message revealed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo almost retired him 21 years ago when he was a major.
This is even as the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has taken over command of Nigerian Army from Retired Lt. Gen. Tukur Yousuf Buratai as the 21st Chief of Army Staff.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on January 26 2021 relieved the former Service Chiefs of their appointment and appointed new service chiefs to change the paradigm in the security situation in Nigeria.
Speaking at the brief handing over ceremony at the Nigerian Army Headquarters in Abuja disclosed rhat his retirement after 40 years of service is historic, hence, calls for gratitude.
Thanking troops serving both home and abroad
Lt Gen Buratai said the Army will not remain the same owing to his transformational leadership and landmark achievements.
He added that the Nigerian Army has been better positioned with intelligence gathering techniques and equipment.
Buratai said the security situation across the country is largely stabilised under his watch.
He therefore remarked that his administration will be remembered for three things namely: improved professionalism , improved responsiveness to personnel welfare and responsiveness to Nigeria’s Democratic system.
The new COAS, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru thanked the President for finding him worthy, saying he counts himself lucky to be chosen to lead.
He sought the support of soldiers and officers to build a Nigerian Army of their dream.
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