Former Army chief of staff Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, says he left the Nigerian Army better than he met it.
Buratai said this in his farewell speech during the Nigerian Army’s departure parade Friday in Abuja.
He said that under his leadership, the army had achieved the tremendous feat in fighting insurgency and other security threats in the country.
He added that he has ensured adequate training of personnel and improvement of the army’s warfare capabilities, as well as prioritizing the welfare of personnel.
“Today is a day of appreciation and not a stocktaking, but let me put on record that I left the Nigerian Army better than I found it,” he said.
“The Nigerian Army under my leadership has done a great job in fighting insurgency in the country.
“We have experienced some threats here and there, but I can say with confidence that no part of Nigeria has ceded to any terrorist group or criminals.
“Counterinsurgency is something new to the Nigerian Army, but over time, we have always found ways and means to combat the ever-changing dynamics of threats in the country,” he said.
“The Nigerian Army has remained resolute in the discharge of its duties as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I urge you all to continue to rise to the occasion,” he said.
Buratai said that while it is always necessary to say goodbye at a certain point in life, it is not easy to find the right words to say goodbye to the courageous and dedicated team that worked with him.
He said the Nigerian Army has also made huge strides in developing infrastructure across the country.
Buratai commended the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for their dedication and loyalty, which he said helped him achieve so much in office.
The former COAS also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve the country and for creating an enabling environment for his success.
He also commended the efforts of the Borno government in the fight against insurgency and assured that the war would soon be a thing of the past.
He urged politicians to always keep the military out of politics, adding that the country needs politicians who are statesmen to assist the military in addressing the prevailing security challenges.
He said it is undeniable that there can be no development without security and that lack of development leads to insecurity.
He solicited support for the army’s new chief of staff, Maj.Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, so that he can fulfill his mandate.
Buratai was reportedly officially retired from service in a parade held in his honor at Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja.