Tukur Buratai, a former Chief of Army Staff, has been re-appointed as Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin. On Tuesday, the retired General presented President Patrice Talon with his Letter of Credence.
Tukur Buratai was born on November 24, 1960, in Buratai town, Biu Local Government Area, Borno State. He joined the Nigerian Army in 1983 and served as COAS between July 2015 and January 2021.
In 2014, Buratai was appointed Force Commander of the reformed Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTNF).
Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission in Angola and Operation HARMONY IV in the Bakassi Peninsula were among his operational deployments.
Operation MESA, Operation PULO SHIELD, Operation SAFE CONDUCT, Operation ZAMAN LAFIYA, and Operation LAFIYA DOLE were among the other operations.
Buratai was instrumental in thwarting Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Igboho’s attempt to flee to Germany via Benin Republic.
Igboho is facing charges in the Cour d’appel de Cotonou, which the prosecution has yet to make public.
The secessionist was in court until late Monday night before being returned to federal custody. The investigation is still ongoing.
Nigerian officials are pursuing his extradition on grounds of inciting unrest, stockpiling weapons, and threatening the Federal Government and security institutions, among other things.