Nigeria’s Chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai was on Sunday, June 3, nominated as the man of the year by Global Excellence Foundation.
A statement by the foundation said, the chief of army staff has shown and maintained a high degree of accountability, probity and transparency in discharging his duties. It further said it arrived at choosing Buratai for the award after further investigation which showed a track record of his activities and recent media attacks aimed at “tarnishing his image”.
Country director of the continental award, Yemi Ola who was also a former House a Representative member during the third republic said, “What we found was that most of the attacks were coordinated by top military colleagues who felt slighted by his rising profile in decimating the once dreaded Boko Haram, arms fraud cabal, politicians with vested interest in the war against insurgency and another category made up of ethnic jingoists.
“These category of people believe that the war against growing rise of ethnic militias is targeted at their ethnic groups and therefore interested the hard stance of the COAS on these issues an assault on their shared interests.
“These persons have equally failed to understand that the war in the first place was targeted at the unity of the Nigerian state and it is only the current position of the military not to give in to blackmail that has stopped about 300 ethnic militants who had earlier received sophisticated training to destabilize the current administration of President Muhammadu,” the foundation said.