Lt. General Tukur Buratai (rtd) has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari made him Chief of Army Staff because of his father’s friendship with Buhari.
Buratai revealed this at a gala night organized by the 29th Regular Course Association in Abuja News Mail Nigeria learnt.
He was honoured with the gala night as the longest serving COAS of Nigeria.
Buratai said his appointment was Buhari’s way of appreciating his father’s loyalty.
Buratai’s father was a non-commissioned officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force and a World War II veteran who fought in Burma.
He said, “My father was an ardent lover of the President and my appointment as COAS, therefore, was a price or reward for that gesture by the President.
“Of course, and as you have been told severally, we (the President and I) met in Njemena and he saw me and felt I was the right person to be COAS at that very crucial and critical moment of our history.
“And I am happy that we have discharged our responsibilities diligently, professionally and loyally, and I will continue to discharge my responsibilities to him and of course to our country and our people.”