Foundation Names Buratai 'Man of the Year'
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
“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
“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.
The post Foundation Names Buratai 'Man of the Year' appeared first on Pointblank News .