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REMINISCING ON GENERAL TY BURATAI’S PATRIOTISM

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REMINISCING ON GENERAL TY BURATAI’S PATRIOTISM

REMINISCING ON GENERAL TY BURATAI’S PATRIOTISM

By Philip Agbese

 

As said by George Washington, “A great general is not just a warrior, but a strategist, diplomat, and inspiration to his troops”. This and many more have General Tukur Yusufu Buratai shown to Nigerians and the world.

 

 

 

 

TY Buratai is a distinguished Nigerian military leader who has left an indelible mark on the canvas of patriotism. As the former Chief of Army Staff and later Ambassador to the Benin Republic, his unwavering dedication to his country has been a cornerstone of his illustrious career. With an unparalleled commitment to safeguarding Nigeria’s sovereignty and ensuring its security, General Buratai’s contributions have been pivotal in facing the challenges posed by non-state actors like Boko Haram.

 

 

REMINISCING ON GENERAL TY BURATAI’S PATRIOTISM

When the nation faced internal strife and external threats, Buratai’s commitment to the struggle was unshakeable, even in the face of death. His extraordinary patriotism shines through his actions, from his role in the military to his engagement in politics.

General TY Buratai’s unwavering patriotism has consistently shone through in his various roles within the Nigerian military and diplomatic circles. His tenure as Chief of Army Staff from July 2015 to January 2021 saw him championing the cause of Nigeria’s security with unparalleled zeal. Even in his diplomatic capacity as the Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Buratai continued to serve his nation with the same enthusiasm that marked his military career.

General TY Buratai’s journey as a patriot began during his time as the Chief of Army Staff. Tasked with the enormous responsibility of safeguarding Nigeria’s territorial integrity, he faced the daunting challenge of combating Boko Haram, a ruthless terrorist organisation that had wreaked havoc nationwide. With his unwavering determination and strategic insight, General Buratai led the Nigerian Army in numerous successful operations, significantly weakening the terrorist group’s capabilities.

Combating the menace of Boko Haram became one of his most remarkable feats. The radical Islamist group had plunged Nigeria into insecurity and turmoil for years. General Buratai, armed with an unyielding resolve, took on the challenge head-on. Under his leadership, the Nigerian Army devised comprehensive strategies to counter the insurgency, resulting in significant gains against the terrorist group.

General Buratai’s leadership in the Nigerian Army was characterised by strategic brilliance and tactical excellence. He understood the importance of a multifaceted approach to counterinsurgency operations.

With a deep understanding of asymmetrical warfare, he devised innovative strategies that effectively countered the insurgency. Through intelligence-driven operations, joint military exercises, and international collaborations. General Buratai’s leadership was instrumental in dismantling Boko Haram’s strongholds and disrupting their supply lines.

He not only sought to quell the immediate threats posed by Boko Haram but also aimed to address the underlying factors that fueled extremism. His holistic approach encompassed military operations, intelligence gathering, and community engagement, showcasing his astuteness as a military strategist.

In the fight against Boko Haram and other non-state actors, General Buratai exhibited an unwavering commitment to the cause of justice. He recognised the atrocities committed by these groups and ensured that they were held accountable for their actions. His relentless pursuit of justice sent a powerful message that terrorism would not be tolerated on Nigerian soil.

His unyielding determination and resolute decision-making marked General Buratai’s leadership style. He led by example, often at the forefront of operations, demonstrating his commitment to the safety and security of Nigerians. This hands-on approach not only boosted the troops’ morale but also showcased his dedication to the mission.

Recognising that the fight against terrorism transcends national borders, General Buratai actively engaged with neighbouring countries and international partners to foster collaboration. He understood that a united front against terrorism was crucial for success. This approach was evident in his tenure as Ambassador to the Benin Republic, where he continued to strengthen diplomatic ties in the region.

Amidst the chaos and terror, General Buratai prioritised the safety and protection of innocent civilians. He implemented measures to ensure the welfare of internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the insurgency, providing them access to food, shelter, and medical aid. Additionally, he initiated programs to rehabilitate former Boko Haram members, striving to reintegrate them into society and break the cycle of violence.

General Buratai has left an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals. He’s known not only for his efforts in ensuring peace and security alone but also for his immense compassion and commitment to humanitarian causes and his unwavering dedication to uplifting communities in need.
Below are just a few of his many humanitarian works:

He donated his pension to the Nigerian Army.

He established a scholarship fund for the children of soldiers who died in the fight against Boko Haram.

He worked to improve the living conditions of soldiers and their families.

He founded The Buratai Foundation.

Donation of funds and relief materials to areas affected by insurgency.

Throughout his tenure as the Chief of Army Staff, General Buratai faced formidable adversaries who sought to destabilise Nigeria. The enemies of the nation aimed to silence his dedication through threats of death, but his unyielding commitment remained resolute. His actions demonstrated an unwavering belief in the country’s potential for greatness as he relentlessly strived to protect and uphold its sovereignty.

Understanding the need for a well-equipped and skilled military, General Buratai prioritised modernisation and training reforms within the Nigerian Army. He ensured the acquisition of advanced weaponry, improved intelligence capabilities, and enhanced coordination among security agencies. These measures bolstered the military’s ability to confront and neutralise non-state actors, ensuring the safety of Nigerian citizens.

In Winston Churchill’s great words, “The measure of a great general is not in the number of battles won, but in the lasting peace and stability he brings to his nation.” This call was upheld in a notable aspect of General Buratai’s legacy, which is his role in coordinating various groups to safeguard Nigeria’s democracy. Drawing upon his extensive network within the defense and intelligence structure, he worked tirelessly to prevent any attempts to truncate the democratic process. His efforts were instrumental in maintaining the stability and continuity of Nigeria’s democratic governance, further solidifying his status as a patriot.

Beyond his military service, General Buratai’s patriotism extended into the political arena. His participation in mobilizing the youth for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu showcased his spirit of dedication and service. By leveraging his influence, he played a vital role in encouraging civic engagement among the youth, fostering a sense of responsibility for the nation’s future.

General TY Buratai’s legacy of patriotism is firmly etched in Nigeria’s history. His relentless efforts to secure the nation’s borders and protect its citizens have left an enduring impact. His tenure witnessed a decline in the activities of Boko Haram and a renewed sense of hope for a safe

In retrospect, General TY Buratai’s patriotism is a shining example for all Nigerians. His resilience in the face of adversity, his commitment to fostering political participation among the youth, and his dedication to safeguarding the nation’s democracy all stand as a testament to his unwavering love for Nigeria.

Buratai’s patriotism stands as a beacon of inspiration for all Nigerians. His distinguished career as Chief of Army Staff and Ambassador to Benin Republic exemplifies his unswerving dedication to his homeland. Through his strategic brilliance, unyielding leadership, and commitment to justice, he has played a pivotal role in shaping Nigeria’s fight against terrorism.

General TY Buratai’s legacy will forever remind us that in the darkest of times, the light of patriotism can guide us towards a stronger, united, and prosperous Nigeria, and also, true patriotism is not just a sentiment, but a dedication that requires action and sacrifice for the greater good of the nation.

*Agbese MHR is the Deputy Spokesperson, Nigeria House of Representatives writing from Abuja.*

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NNADI BENJAMIN CHIMA: A STALWART IN FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP BY CHINEDU NSOFOR

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NNADI BENJAMIN CHIMA: A STALWART IN FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

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CHINEDU NSOFOR

 

In the intricate landscape of Nigeria’s financial sector, there are figures whose contributions stand as pillars of stability and progress. Among these luminaries, Nnadi Benjamin Chima emerges as a beacon of expertise and dedication, shaping the contours of reserve management with his astute leadership and unwavering commitment.

Hailing from the vibrant enclave of Enugu State, Nigeria, Nnadi Benjamin Chima embodies a legacy of excellence in finance and management. Armed with a formidable arsenal of qualifications, including an MSc in International Securities, Investment, and Banking from the prestigious ICMA Center at the University of Reading, UK, and an MBA in Banking and Finance from Imo State University, his academic prowess laid the foundation for a stellar career trajectory.

With a career spanning decades, Nnadi Benjamin Chima has left an indelible mark on Nigeria’s financial landscape through his multifaceted roles and accomplishments. As the Director of the Reserve Management Department, his strategic vision and operational acumen have been instrumental in steering Nigeria’s reserve management practices towards efficiency and resilience.

A testament to his meticulous approach is evident in his pivotal role in redesigning the Reserve Management structure and processes, collaborating seamlessly with stakeholders to optimize practices and enhance overall effectiveness. His adeptness in fostering collaborations extends beyond borders, as exemplified by initiatives with global institutions like JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, and ICBC, which bolstered Nigeria’s foreign exchange market stability.

Nnadi Benjamin Chima’s leadership extends beyond the boardroom, as he actively participates in shaping policies critical to Nigeria’s economic stability. From contributing valuable insights to the Inter-Departmental Committee on Foreign Exchange Policy to evaluating strategies for protecting Nigeria’s oil revenue against volatility, his expertise in risk management remains unparalleled.

However, Nnadi Benjamin Chima’s contributions are not merely confined to policy corridors; they resonate with a spirit of service and excellence. His commitment to meeting deadlines, as demonstrated by ensuring Nigeria’s prompt payment of its IMF Quota in 2016, underscores his dedication to upholding Nigeria’s credibility on the global stage.

Amidst accolades and achievements, Nnadi Benjamin Chima remains grounded, epitomizing humility and resilience. His journey, marked by milestones such as receiving the Best Staff Award in the Foreign Operations Department, serves as an inspiration to aspiring finance professionals, underscoring the transformative power of diligence and dedication.

In the tapestry of Nigeria’s financial landscape, Nnadi Benjamin Chima’s narrative shines brightly—a narrative defined by unwavering integrity, steadfast leadership, and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence. As Nigeria charts its course towards economic prosperity, Nnadi Benjamin Chima stands as a stalwart guardian of its financial future, a custodian of trust, and a harbinger of progress.

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Dangote: NANS Write President Tinubu Over mismanagement Of CTIN Funds (Video)

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Dangote: NANS Write President Tinubu Over mismanagement Of CTIN Funds (Video)

Open Letter To President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR 

Your Excellency sir. 

Mismanagement and Lack  of Transparency and Accountability in CTIN Funds Administration: A Call for Immediate Action:
We, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), being the voice and representatives of the Nigerian Students, a large percent of youth constituency of our population and by extension defender of oppressed citizens and advocate of the Nigerian masses, the bearers of our nation’s future and voice of the voiceless young generation.
Dangote: NANS Write President Tinubu Over mismanagement Of CTIN Funds (Video)
Today we are raising our voices in protest, We are writing to you to express our deep concern and outrage regarding the mismanagement and lack of accountability within the Cement Technology Institute of Nigeria (CTIN), an organisation under Alh Aliko Dangote’s Leadership as pioneer and self imposed life Chairman.
The alleged misused, diversion and misappropriation of such strategic fund intended to provide training and development opportunities for Nigerian youth in the cement industry in line with the establishment goals of CTIN is a weighty one, in fact it’s a future-threatening act and an act of economy sabotage.
Certainly, the fund has been squandered, leaving a trail of broken promises and shattered dreams as nothing can be pointed at as an achievement in this regard.
The situation of countless Nigerian youths, who remains unemployed and lacking technical skills in a rapidly advancing global economy like ours, is a harsh testament to the repercussions of such mismanagement and embezzlement. Another hidden factor responsible for the unprecedented hike in cement price in the country.
We are living in a country where our potential is suppressed and our future is uncertain courtesy of greed and selfishness of a microscopic few in position of authority, while leaders of our industries such as Aliko Dangote with such a special intervention fund failed to do the needful but rather enrich themselves by diverting such funds intended for our growth and development for only God and Dangote known purpose and use.
We demand answers, we demand accountability, we demand explanation and we demand justice.

1. In clear terms, We urge Mr President to issue a directive to Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to make public as a matter of urgency and national importance her role so far, the status, management, and usage of the over 20billion Naira (about $100 million as at then) contributed as levies on imported cement to CTIN for technical training purposes since over 10 years ago when Nigeria was still importing cement.
We know and we are fully aware nothing has been done with the fund in line with its purpose. This is money that should have gone to government coffers for investment in our vocational and technical education system.
Alh Aliko Dangote has been sole chairman since this institution was created by the Federal Ministry of Trade in conjunction with cement importers – hence why we are also demanding an explanation directly from Alh Aliko Dangote as to where is the said fund.
Your Excellency, to avert degeneration of this matter, where all Dangote industries will be occupied by Nigerian students nationwide, kindly advice Alh Aliko Dangote to  immediately engage an external independent forensic auditor to audit the  CTIN funds, and we also demand that anyone found guilty be held accountable for their actions.
We further demand swift action towards restructuring the leadership and governance of CTIN, nothing like life chairman, it should be democratic to prevent such overstay that is bringing severe mismanagement of what should be the People’s commonwealth from happening in the future.
We demand from Chairman CTIN Aliko Dangote , an explanation on his level of involvement as to what looks to the public as a mismanagement and misappropriation of the CTIN funds.
The Nigerian youth will no longer remain silent as our potential is suppressed and our futures are jeopardized by anyone.
This is not a plea for answers; this is a demand for accountability, transparency, justice and a rallying cry for all those who believe in Nigeria’s potential and the rights of its youth to education, opportunity, and a fair shot at success.
We will not rest until every penny of the funds is accounted for, and until those responsible for this shameful betrayal of trust by hiding these funds and not using them for their right purpose, are held accountable publicly.
We will use every available platform and legal recourse to seek justice and ensure that such a breach of public trust never reocurs.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, CTIN members, Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Investment, the Nigerian youth are waiting, and we demand your swift and thorough public response within seven days of publication of this letter.
Yours in solidarity,
President, National Association of Nigerian Students
CC:
. Board of Trustees, Cement Technology Institute of Nigeria
– Ministry of Education.
– Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment,
– Members of the Press
– National Assembly

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MAKING AN IMPACT WITH CHORAL MUSIC, DR DK AND DR SHADE OLUKOYA SETS A NEW STANDARD

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MAKING AN IMPACT WITH CHORAL MUSIC, DR DK AND DR SHADE OLUKOYA SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR CHILDREN IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ACROSS LAGOS STATE.

MAKING AN IMPACT WITH CHORAL MUSIC, DR DK AND DR SHADE OLUKOYA SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR CHILDREN IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ACROSS LAGOS STATE.

 

 

For some weeks now the Dr. Dk and Dr. Mrs. Shade Olukoya Choral Competition for secondary schools in Lagos state has been on going, this is an event that discovers raw singing talents across the state, this competition is held Throughout the 6 educational district of the state and has featured over 164 participants from all the Lagos state educational districts both online and offline, with 14 participants emerging as the finalist.

 

MAKING AN IMPACT WITH CHORAL MUSIC, DR DK AND DR SHADE OLUKOYA SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR CHILDREN IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ACROSS LAGOS STATE.

 

 

 

On the 25th of February, the final competition will hold at the grace hall of the MFM INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS YABA LAGOS NIGERIA. it is not surprising that the pioneers of this one-of-a-kind life changing event is the General overseer of the mountain of fire and Miracle’s ministries worldwide DR. D.K OLUKOYA and his wonderful wife DR. SHADE OLUKOYA

 

 

 

This competition is put in place to discover great musicians at their prime and enable youngsters find their love in the music space while they win awesome cash prizes and other academic benefits.

The finals of this great event will take place on the 25th of February 2024 so come and be a part of history, this event is fully certified by the Lagos state government WATCH OUT YOUR STATE MAY BE NEXT.

 

 

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