- Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd) has documented his life's journey in a book targeted at the younger generation
- At the book launch in Abuja, Buratai shared details of his growing up with an audience that included students from secondary schools
- The former army chief tasked the students to always respect their elders, keep fit physically and take religion seriously
The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and Ambassador-Designate Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd), on Friday, March 12 unveiled a new book titled, “The Legend of Buratai” volume 2 at the Nigerian Army Resouce Centre in Abuja.
The book, co-authored by a seasoned journalist and essayist, Dr. Abubakar Sani, is a true-life story of Buratai about his journey through life.
While speaking at the event, Buratai said that showing respect for elders was one of the pillars that propelled him to prominence in life and reach the top in his military career.
He also urged young ones to always keep fit, saying that fitness was a very important aspect of life that many youths had not taken seriously.
Buratai also enjoined the youths to be religious by being devoted to God and had the fear of God.
A Legit.ng reporter at the event sighted several young Nigerians from various schools among the audience at the event.
The former army chief recalled how he almost got drowned in a pond and other encounters like terrorists’ attacks, which he titled, “miraculous escape” in the book.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve the country at a higher level and others who had supported him to succeed.
Earlier, a former member of the British Parliament, George Galloway, delivered a keynote address virtually from the United Kingdom.
Galloway emphasised that Nigerians must do everything possible to keep their country united.
He also noted that the country is in dire need of nationalists like Buratai who he praised for his commitment to Nigeria and its unity.
Galloway also described the former army chief as a gallant general who had dedicated his life to service having commanded one of the largest armies in the world.
He commended Buratai for his role in ensuring that the Nigerian national unity was protected during his time as the COAS, adding that the Borno-born retired general is an asset to Nigeria and the world.
The chairman of the occasion and member representing Yola North federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Jafaru Ribadu, commended Buratai for his wisdom and efforts to document a thorough account of his journey.
Ribadu said that the book would help the general public to understand the critical and often selfless roles played by the military in ensuring peace and security of the nation.
On his part, the book reviewer and co-author, Dr Sani, said the book would serve as a role model for young people who want to aspire higher in life.
Recall that Major Daniel Banjo (rtd.), a former coursemate of Buratai, recently disclosed that the former COAS was ambushed three times while battling Boko Haram insurgents.
Banjo made the revelation at an interfaith prayer organised for Buratai by the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude.
Meanwhile, Lt-Gen Buratai (rtd) recently stated that there are many many ungovernable spaces in Nigeria.
He disclosed this while being screened at the National Assembly for an ambassadorial position, adding that terrorists have permeated the Nigerian society and won several communities to their side.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.