He described his attainment of the rank of Lieutenant General and Chief of Army Staff as historic.
Buratai made the disclosure during his official handover to Major General Ibrahim Attahiru at the Army Headquarters on Thursday.
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He expressed that the Army will never remain the same after his exit.
According to him: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo almost retired me 21 years ago when I was a Major. My retirement after 40 years of Service is historic, hence, calls for gratitude.”
Buratai, while appreciating the troops serving home and abroad, added that the Nigerian Army has been “better positioned with intelligence gathering techniques and equipment.”
He stated, “The security situation across the country is largely stabilized under my watch, and my administration will be remembered for improved professionalism, improved responsiveness to personnel welfare, and responsiveness to Nigeria’s democratic system.”