General Buratai Loses Father
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, on Friday morning lost his father, Mallam Yusufu Buratai.
The 106-year-old war veteran died in the early hours of Friday at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where he was being treated for undisclosed ailment.
Announcing the death, Nigerian Army Spokesman, Brig-Gen Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a brief statement that:
“This is to inform you of the passing away of the father of the Chief of Army Staff, Alhaji Yusuf Buratai this morning in Maiduguri.”
The father of the Army Chief was buried at the Gwange cemetery in Maiduguri.
The funeral prayer was attended by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State and his Deputy, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, and some members of state and national assemblies.
Also in attendance were the General Commanding Officer (GOC), 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf; the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas ; and other top military officers.
Pa Buratai, who fought in World War II, joined the West African Army in 1942. He was a former personnel of the Nigerian Army retired as a non-commissioned officer in the West African Frontier Force. He is survived by one wife, 15 children and many grandchildren.