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The Nigerian Army Does Not Discriminate Against Women – Tukur Buratai

Tukur Buratai

Tukur Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has come out to say that the Nigerian army is a gender-sensitive institution and the right of women are fully respected.

He revealed this when the Leadership of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) FCT Chapter, paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday in Abuja.

According to him, women are part of the Nigerian army’s focus because they have actively participated in helping the nation’s security.

He added that the ladies in the country are always guaranteed the opportunity to show what they can offer the Nigerian army.

His words, “I want to assure you that the theme of the 2020 International Women’s Day is quite apt as you mentioned, Gender Equality Realising the Rights of Women.

“We have realised the importance of women in the army a long time ago but now we are putting them into their proper perspectives of proper roles.

“Since the establishment of the Nigerian Army Women’s Corps, they have participated virtually in all the roles being performed by the men.

“They actively participated in a show of force in the nation’s security, they have participated in Operation Harbin Kunama, Crocodile Smile and even Operation Lafiya Dole.

“I want to assure you that we will afford the women in the Nigerian army equal opportunity and we have long realised and accorded them their rights.”

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Tukur Yusuf Buratai is a Nigerian Army Lieutenant General and the current Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, a position he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015. He was commissioned in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments.

General Buratai is from Buratai town, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State. His father, Yusuf Buratai, was a non commissioned officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force and World War II veteran who fought in Burma. General Buratai had his primary education at Buratai town and thereafter gained admission to Government Teachers College Potiskum, Yobe State, where he graduated with distinction.

Buratai was rumoured to have been replaced by President Buhari following the promotion of Maj.-Gen. L.O Adeosun to Lieutenant General, making him of the same rank with Buratai. But the report was immediately debunked by the Army.

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