By Simeon Olayiwola
In what looked like a coincidence, it was while I was going through some security tips as contained in the great principles established by Joseph Ferdinando that the documentary: “General Buratai: Africa’s Living Legend” a part of the Great African Military Leaders’ Series produced by Lawrence Audu, one of the few excellent journalists who have dared to cover important and dangerous moments of the Nigerian Army’s fight against insurgency popped up.
Joseph Ferdinando is the founder of Building Security Services, a company that provides security solutions to businesses and organizations. He has more than 40 years of experience in the security industry, and he is a recognized expert in the field.
From what I read about Joseph Fernando’s security tips along with Lawrence’s documentary, I can comfortably describe the person and character of the Buratai-born General Tukur Buratai (Rtd). He is a man who is always in good physical shape with sharp motivation and self-determination.
General Tukur Buratai is vigilant, always on the lookout for any possible incident. When it comes to punctuality, he is always on time. As a soldier, his duties are handled dispassionately without fear or favour. It is worthy of note that in line of duty, he always reacts with kindness, no matter the circumstances. Even in war front, it is not difficult to see in Buratai a General who is calm, calculated and focus without losing his temper. Always alert and active, the former Chief of Army Staff acts with professionalism because he is a man blessed with positive and friendly attitude. His great communication skills endear him to both his contemporaries and his younger colleagues in the Army.
What struck me about Lawrence’s documentary is that it is about Tukur Buratai. The documentary highlighted a no-nonsense general who dispassionately handled insurgency like a seasoned professor of research methodology. Of course, the former Chief of Army Staff succeeded in taking war to the enclaves of the dreaded Boko Haram and he decimated them, reducing them to mere opportunists who go about attacking soft targets and vulnerable people.
In my candid opinion, there would not be a better person to be called upon to consolidate what Tukur Buratai has done not only in the North East but also all over the country. Buratai knows the theory and practice of how to manage and reinforce the fragile peace of this biggest black nation of Africa. A country of more than 200 million people should have her security handled by an astute and dogged soldier who has selflessly and relentlessly fought for the peace we enjoy today.
Simeon Olayiwola, Associate Professor of French, teaches at The Nigeria French Language Village, Badagry, Lagos (firstname.lastname@example.org)