- Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai is finally leaving the army after 40 years of service
- The outgoing Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) said things might have been different if he was retired 22 years ago
- Buratai is being succeeded by Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as the new COAS
The outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, has disclosed that he was almost retired from the army by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Buratai made the disclosure during his official handover to Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, the new chief of Army staff at the army headquarters on Thursday, January 28, The Nation reported.
He said his near retirement experience occurred 22 years ago when he was a major.
"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.”
He stated that his leadership and landmark achievements have transformed the army into a better fighting force.
According to The Sun, he thanked the troops for their dedicated service to the nation and urged them to defend the nation's democracy.
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has decried the exclusion of southeast military personnel in the recent service chiefs appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The socio-cultural group made its stance known in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, and seen by Legit.ng.
The group, however, expressed optimism that subsequent appointments will favour the southeast.
In another report, following the appointment of new service chiefs, there is expected to be a drastic change in the chain of the country's military command.
As a result of this, about 47 generals have reportedly been pencilled for retirement, according to Leadership Newspaper.
The news outlet stated that this was in line with the tradition whenever there was a change of leadership in the military.
Those expected to depart include 16 Air Vice Marshals, 11 Rear Admirals and 20 Major Generals.