President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), the former Chief of Army Staff, as Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin Republic.
The immediate Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), was also appointed as Ambassador-designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon.
Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, made this known on Tuesday while presenting the letter of credence to newly appointed ex-service chiefs.
This was contained in a statement by Mr Kimiebi Ebienfa, information officer of the ministry of foreign affairs.
The statement reads:
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama today 22 June 2021, presented Letters of Credence to the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Retired) and the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Benin, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Retired).
Recall that President Buhari, upon the retirement of the service chiefs, appointed them as non-career ambassador.
Before his retirement from service, Buratai was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments.
His operational deployments include Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission II in Angola, Op HARMONY IV in the Bakassi Peninsular, OP MESA, Op PULO SHIELD, Op SAFE CONDUCT, MNJTF, Op ZAMAN LAFIYA, and Op LAFIYA DOLE. He was appointed Chief of Army Staff on 13 July 2015.
Buratai and other service chiefs were removed by President Buhari on January 26, 2021, after widespread calls for the removal of service chiefs due to the worsening security situation in the country during their time of service.