- Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai is opening up on his leadership style after leaving the army
- The immediate past COAS said the army will never remain the same
- Buratai finally left the army after 40 years of service
The outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (retd.) has disclosed that the Nigerian Army will never remain the same.
Buratai who resigned on Tuesday, January 26, alongside other security chiefs in the country explained that this is due to his transformational leadership and landmark achievements.
In a report by Vanguard, Buratai revealed this during his official handover to Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, the new Chief of Army Staff at the army headquarters on Thursday, January 28.
According to him, Nigeria's security situation was stabilised largely under his leadership. He went on to note that his administration will be remembered for improved professionalism and responsiveness to personnel welfare.
Describing his retirement after 40 years of service as historic, he thanked troops serving at home and abroad for their sacrifice, adding that the Nigerian Army has been “better positioned with intelligence gathering techniques and equipment”.
Buratai's remarks are coming as he disclosed that he was almost retired from the army by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
He said his near retirement experience occurred 22 years ago when he was a major.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Major General Attahiru has officially resumed as the new Chief of Army Staff.
Attahiru succeeds the former occupier of the seat, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
In a related development, there is expected to be a drastic change in the chain of the country's military command following the appointment of new service chiefs.
As a result of this, about 47 generals have reportedly been pencilled for retirement. This is 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.