Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has been conferred with the Brazilian Military Order of Merit Award at Brasilia in Brazil.
The Award, which is the highest military honour, is awarded to those military officers that have distinguished themselves in various military endeavours. Lieutenant General Buratai is one of the few foreign dignitaries to be so honoured with such an award by the country.
The prestigious award and its presentation to him was based on the approval of President Michel Temer, on the recommendation of the Brazilian Army Commander, General Eduardo Villas Boas.
According to citation at the occasion, “the award is in recognition of his exemplary and world’s recognised leadership qualities as well as the Nigerian Army’s effort in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.’’
Lieutenant General Buratai expressed appreciation for the honour, which he described ‘not only to him personally but to the entire officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army and indeed, Nigeria.’
“I had never imagined that I was going to be given such recognition when I was planning to visit the Brazilian Army. It is no doubt a great honour to me, the Nigerian Army and the Federal Republic of Nigeria to be bestowed with the Brazilian Military Order of Merit which is the highest and most prestigious award in the Brazilian Army,’’ he said
Long lasting leadership
He stated that the award was a clear manifestation of the long standing relationship between Brazil and Nigeria, which also portrays the recognition of Army’s effort in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria.
The Army Chief thanked the Government and the people of Brazil, as well as the Commander of Brazilian Army and his staff for finding him worthy of such award and recognition as well as the hospitality accorded him and his entourage.
He further expressed hope that his visit would serve as the needed fulcrum for more strengthened relationship between the Nigerian Army and the Brazilian Army.