[PHOTO SPEAKS]: The Army Chief, Maj Gen T Buratai – A Morale Booster, Epitome of Confidence and Professionalism

Pictures no de lie!!!

This man is a soldier true and true!!

He represents and portrays the image of soldiers of old we should to know growing up. He is a source of confidence, professionalism and high morale to the troops.

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Gen. Buratai said this in Damaturu at a Sallah party organised for soldiers serving in the state.

“My mission statement is to build a professional and responsive army because I have realised that although we have a professional army, the aspect of responsiveness is missing. “Troops have failed to respond to distress calls that would have redeemed a situation, this has to stop under my watch. We will relate very well with other sister agencies to achieve our set goals.”

So much confidence…. Pictured is the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, being attended to by his aide on arrival at the Army Headquarters last week for his inauguration. The Army boss has said the Nigerian army would re-strategize its operations to effectively defend any part of the country under threat.

Former Chief of Army staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah hands over to his successor Major General Tukur Buratai on July 16, 2015.
Handing Over Ceremony – Change of Baton Gen Minima to Gen Buratai At The army HQ

Buratai, an indigene of Borno State, was appointed on Monday, July 13, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Major-General T.Y Buratai,Chief of Army Staff.
The Portrait of Gen Buratai

Minimah handed over today, July 16, 2015, at an official ceremony which held at the Army Headquarters Conference room in Abuja

Former Chief of Army staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah hands over to his successor Major General Tukur Buratai on July 16, 2015.
At The Handing Over Ceremony – The Army High Command

Gen T Buratai In Yobe and Borno States

The new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General T.Y. Buratai was in Damaturu to support the troops when suicide attacks killed scores of citizens. ‪ The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of 50 persons in two separate bomb explosions in Damaturu, Yobe, on Friday morning.

Scene of Nigerian Ground Troops that Recapture Baga (5)

Nigeria’s new Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Sunday said under his command, Boko Haram would either beg for peace or face the wrath of highly motivated and combat ready soldiers.

Buratai, who was in neighbouring Yobe State to celebrate the Islamic eid-el-fitri festival with Nigerian troops, moved to Borno on Sunday afternoon.  He arrived Maiduguri by road and was received by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha, who immediately accompanied the army boss to visit the 103 Battalion of the 7 Division, Maiduguri in Konduga Town where they met the troops and hailed their courage and gallantry.

In his address, the army chief called for general collaboration amongst the troops and other security agencies as well as the general public in curtailing activities of the Boko Haram.

He stressed that without the synergy of intelligence amongst all security forces, it would be difficult to defeat Boko Haram whose insurgency has caused the death of over 15,000 people since 2009.

“The ongoing activities of Boko Haram is assuming an alarming dimensions in Borno state and other parts of the north east,” he said. “We will not tolerate the killing of citizens and destruction of property; in as much as we urge you (troops) to adhere strictly to human rights abuses, the time to crush Hoko Haram and other criminal activities in this country is now or never.”

Mr. Buratai  further told the soldiers that “as Chief of Army Staff, I will be actively involved in this ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole’ to end the madness of Boko Haram if I will have your collective maximum support and cooperation.

He, therefore, re-christened the operational code of the counter insurgency efforts from “Operation Zaman Lafiya” to “Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole” – which in Hausa means ‘the quest for peace becomes a must’.

Here are 10 things you should know about Nigeria’s new Chief of Army Staff:

  1. He was born on 24th November 1960 in Buratai town in the Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.

  2. He attended the Government Teachers College Potiskum, Yobe State and graduated with distinction.

  3. He gained admission into the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna as member of the 29 Regular Combatant Course (29 RC) on 3rd January 1981.

  4. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 17th December 1983 into the Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army.

  5. He has attended the mandatory Young Officers Course Infantry (YOC) and Anti-Tank Platoon Commanders’ Course both at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji.

  6. He was a Platoon Commander at 26 Amphibious Battalion Elele, Port Harcourt, from 19 January 1984 to 30 September 1986.

  7. He was a Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission II in Angola from 1 October to 30 August 1987.

  8. He served as Officer Commanding (OC) at 82 Motorized Battalion from 24 July 1998 to 11 July 1999.

  9. He was Second in Command to the Commanding Officer of 81 Battalion from 1 August 2000 to 12 April 2000.

  10. He has the following Honours and Awards: Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS), Distinguished Service Star (DSS) and the Grand Service Star (GSS). Others include, Pass Staff Course Dagger (psc(+)), Fellow of Defence College (fdc), Field Command Medal (FCM), Training Support Medal (TSM) and the United Nations Medal for Angolan Verification Medal II (UNAVEM II).

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