Diplomacy: Buratai, Olonisakin Appointed Ambassadors to Benin Republic, Cameroon
Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd), has been appointed as the Nigerian ambassador to the Benin Republic.
The immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd) also got an appointment as
the Nigerian ambassador to Cameroon.
Furthermore, A Facebook post from the ministry of foreign affairs to this regard read:
“Today, the honourable minister of foreign affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama presented Letters of Credence to the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon, Amb. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Benin, Amb. Tukur Yusufu Buratai.”
However, They went from military to diplomacy
At a brief ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, June 22, the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs.
This was disclose in a statement by Mr. Kimiebi Ebienfa, information officer in the ministry.
A fulfilled military career without blemish
Meanwhile, a security expert, Mark Bonaventure, has said the change of service chiefs earlier in the year was meant
to rejig the operational strategies.
According to multiple reports, non-performance was not the reason for the ex-service chiefs relieve of duties.
In a related development, a security analyst, Idoko Ainoko has debunked the claim that Buratai failed to pay soldiers
of the Nigerian army their allowances for uniforms, boots, and skills since 2017.
Ainoko said it is mischievous to say there was a deny of army personnel’s entitlement under the uniforms and boots allowances and scarce skills allowance which approval by President Muhammadu Buhari since 2017.
A statement by Ainoko said the news report had no sense in it and it aim is to assassinate the character of the former chief of army staff.
Recall that there was an allegation by a group, Nigeria First Movement, that some individuals are orchestrating plans to blackmail Buratai and other former service chiefs.
So, speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the secretary-general of the group, Richard Augustine said a grand plan is already in motion to belittle the personalities of the past service chiefs and their records while in office.
Augustine said the group is in surprise that anyone in his or her right mind would harbour such a plot irrespective of the sacrifices made by the service chiefs during their tenure in office.
By Taiyelolu A