The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai was conferred with the Millennium Achievers award for the second time by the TheNigeria News based in London. The award was in recognition of his tireless efforts towards global peace and security, human rights and dignity of mankind through the timely defeat of Boko Haram terrorism and ongoing mop-up of criminal elements and other threats to the sovereignty of Nigeria.
The chairman, board of directors of the medium Dr Sam Ode made the pronouncement at the second edition of the media awards and honours at the Grand Ballroom, The Montcalm Marble Arch London, United Kingdom. The COAS who was represented by the Chief of Civil Military Affairs Maj Gen NE Angbazo at the occasion, was commended for his tact and foresight to work assiduously in the hardest most dangerous terrains for the liberation of NE in particular and Nigeria in general from the claws of terrorist.
According to the Chairman, the Army Chief has also engineered a package of rehabilitation of repentant terrorists through the de-militarization and de-radicalization programme. He added that, most of the repentant victims have been eventually reunited and absorbed into their estranged communities. Furthermore, shadows of his impact on curbing terrorism are also reflected in the massive rehabilitation and construction of social amenities in the Northeast region of the country. He stressed that the gradual depletion of IDP camps and the subsequent return to their ancestral homes attests to the enthronement of peace in that region.
In his response remarks, the COAS thanked the medium for the award while stating that it was gratifying to note that his efforts in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality as well as repositioning the NA to be a professionally responsive Army was noticed by the medium. He stressed that the ongoing fight has yielded tremendous results.
All these he stated would not have been achieved without the directions and unweaving support of President Muhammadu Buhari , civil society organizations officers and men of the NA and indeed the media. Furthermore, he dedicated the awards to the officers and soldiers of the NA adding that it would encourage them to do more
The climax of the event was the decoration of the COAS as the millennium achievers ambassador of TheNigeria news and the presentation of an additional award to the NA as Friend of Humanity.
Director Army Public Relations