President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the conferment of Nigeria’s second highest national honour on the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai (retired), THE WHISTLER reports.
Buratai will be decorated with the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) at an investiture ceremony scheduled for October 11, 2022, at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
The award is coming about 19 months after President Buhari appointed Buratai, alongside other retiring service chiefs, as non-career ambassadors.
While Buratai was appointed as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic, a former Defence Chief, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (retd.), was named the Head of Mission to Cameroon.
Other former service chiefs rewarded with ambassadorial appointments by the president included Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd).
THE WHISTLER sited a letter conveying President Buhari’s award of the CFR title to Buratai on Thursday.
The letter marked FMSDIGA/NHA/001/T/90 and dated September 16, 2022, was signed by George Akume, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.
It partly reads, “I have the honour to formally inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the conferment of the National Honours on you, in the rank of CFR (Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic).”
Akume noted in the letter that accommodation with complimentary breakfast had been reserved for the former Army Chief at Fraizer Suites, from where he would proceed to the venue of the ceremony, while requesting him to “forward a one-page citation and current passport photograph” to an email provided.
Meanwhile, a separate letter dated September 19 and marked FMSDIGA/NHA/001/T/91 also indicated that President Buhari had approved the conferment of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) title on Dr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, the Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Jamoh and Buratai were directed to visit a website (https://fmsdiga-nha.org.ng/) to provide their biodata and biography for processing of the national honours.