How Buhari First Met Buratai 41 Years Ago, Author Reveals

A prolific author, Dr. Mohammed Abubakar Sani, has disclosed how the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, began.

He said Buhari first met Buratai, who is the immediate-past Chief of Army Staff (COAS), in 1975.

According to him, Buratai, was then a student, while Mr. President was a military Governor.

Dr. Sani Abubakar, in Abuja, on Friday, chronicled the history of the long-standing relationship existing between Buhari and the ex-Army Chief, now an Ambassador-designate.

It was at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), while launching the Volume 2 of “The Legend of Buratai”.

Abubakar, at the event, reviewed the non-fictional book he co-authored with Lt. Gen. Buratai (now retired).

The book, which has 125 pages and nine chapters, was also published in paperback and hardcover editions.

According to the seasoned writer, the two outstanding chapters of the book are ‘The Miraculous Escape’, and ‘Dr. Kumo Speaks’.

He said: “The former is a narrative of how he miraculously escaped death when he got drowned in the pond. The later chapter tells us about the first encounter between President Buhari and the COAS, which occured in 1975, when the COAS was a student and the President was a military governor.”

Both the audio and French version of the book will be made available soon.

Dr. Abubakar added that, “Each chapter in the book has an epigraph and a lession at the end of every chapter. The book also has four maps and about 30 pictures. It also has a postscript and an appendix showing the stages of the promotion of General Buratai in the Army, as well as the numerous awards, honours and recognition the new Ambassador has won.”

Buratai, the book celebrant, physically attended the launching, and was also investitured as ‘Grand Patron’ of the National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE).

There were goodwill messages from prominent guests at the event, aside poem recitation, comedy performance and musical interlude presented by some secondary school students.


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