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Foundation Names Buratai 'Man of the Year'

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Despite allegations of corruption, the Global Excellence  Foundation (GEF)

has nominated the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General TY

Buratai for the Vision Africa Global Award as the “Man of the Year”,

saying he is a public servant who has maintained a high degree of

accountability, probity and transparency in the discharge of his duties.

The foundation  in an electronic statement issued in Abuja said it arrived

at the choice of General Buratai for the award after a thorough

investigation that reviewed his track records and recent media attacks

which were found to have been targeted at tarnishing his name.

Country Director of the continental award, Professor Yemi Ola who was a

member of the House of Representatives in the second republic hinted that

“apart from President Muhammadu Buhari who is the most investigated public

officer in the world, a recent poll conducted by this NGO rated General

Tukur Yusufu Buratai as the most investigated public officer in the last

one year and in all these he was found to be spotless, a rare feat that

only President Muhammadu Buhari has attained in the recent past.

“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 noted.
It expressed the hope that the award will bolster General Buratai's

confidence to do more for the country by assuring that not all Nigerians

are unappreciative of the great service he is rendering to the nation.

According to the statement, “Recognising General Buratai in our belief

would equally reassure many Nigerians especially upcoming youths that it

is still possible to be upright in a country where people under 50 years

of age have only known corruption and self interest as the deciding factor

for persons that otherwise hold positions of trust.

“We want to send a clear message that it is possible to stand tall even

when one's steadfastness to God and country is being maligned by those who

would rather act otherwise,” the statement said.
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