Bukhari repaid my father by making me the chief of staff of the army.
The immediate former chief of staff of the army, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratay (retired) admitted that the president made an appointment for him because of the relationship between his father and Bukhari.
Buratay said this during a gala evening organized by the 29th Association of Regular Courses in Abuja.
The event was dedicated to honoring the former army commander as the longest serving COAS.
According to him, his appointment in July 2015 was a reward for the loyalty of his father, Yusuf Buratai, in Bukhari.
Buratai’s father was a non-commissioned officer of the Royal West African Frontier Troops and a World War II veteran who fought in Burma.
Buratai said: “My father was an ardent supporter of the president, and therefore my appointment to COAS was a pay or reward for this gesture from the president.
“Of course, and as you were told separately, we (the President and I) met in N’Djemen and he saw me and felt that I was the right person to be COAS at this crucial and critical moment in our history.
“And I am happy that we have fulfilled our duties with diligence, professionalism and dedication, and I will continue to fulfill my duties to him and, of course, to our country and our people.
Source: – Daily Post