Tukur Yusuf Buratai

Tukur Yusuf Buratai
Lt. Gen. Tukru Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, from African Land Force Summit2018 with Nigerian CoD (cropped).jpg
Lieutenant General
Chief of Army Staff
In office
July 2015 – January 2021
Preceded by LT-Gen. Kenneth Minimah
Succeeded by Major General Ibrahim Attahiru
Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force
In office
May 2014 – July 2015
Preceded by Brig-Gen. E. Ransome-Kuti
Succeeded by Maj-Gen. Iliya Abbah
Personal details
Born (1960-11-24) 24 November 1960 (age 61)
Alma mater Nigerian Defence Academy
University of Maiduguri
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Branch/service Flag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Years of service 1981 – 2021
Rank Lieutenant general
Commands Multinational Joint Task Force
Battles/wars Boko Haram Insurgency War
Conflict in the Niger Delta

Tukur Yusuf Buratai is a retired Nigerian Army Lieutenant General, former Chief of Army Staff[1] (appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015),[2] and Nigeria Ambassador to the Republic of Benin.[3] He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments.

Background and education

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.[4] 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.

Military career

In January 1981, Buratai attended the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna as a member of the 29 Regular Combatant Course (29 RC) where he was given the prestigious appointment of Cadet Sergeant Major (CSM). On successful completion of his Officer Cadet training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 17 December 1983 into the Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army.[5] Buratai has a degree in History from University of Maiduguri and a degree in Philosophy from Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka.[6] He is also a graduate of National Defence College, Mirpur, Bangladesh.[7]

He served in 26 Amphibious Battalion Elele, Port Harcourt, Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission II in Angola; later 26 Guards Battalion, Lagos; Lagos Garrison Command Camp. Lt Gen Buratai also served as administrative officer at the State House, Abuja; 82 Motorized Battalion; 81 Battalion, Bakassi Peninsular; Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja before he became a Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, earning the prestigious "Pass Staff College Dagger" (psc(+)) appellation. [5]

Subsequently, he served at AHQ Dept of Army Policy and Plans, Abuja; Assistant Chief of Staff Administrative Matters, HQ Infantry Centre Jaji. Additionally, he was again at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College as Director Dept of Land Warfare from where he was appointed Commander 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, doubling as Commander, Sector 2 JTF Operation PULO SHIELD. Upon promotion to the rank of Major General, he was appointed Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji; thereafter he was appointed Director of Procurement DHQ before being appointed Force Commander of the newly reconstituted Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTNF) under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Benin Republic, an appointment he held till he became Chief of Army Staff.[5]

His operational deployments include Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission II in Angola, Op HARMONY IV in the Bakassi Peninsular, OP MESA, Op PULO SHIELD, Op SAFE CONDUCT, MNJTF, Op ZAMAN LAFIYA, and Op LAFIYA DOLE. He was appointed Chief of Army Staff on 13 July 2015.[2]

Buratai was rumoured to have been replaced by President Buhari following the promotion of Maj.-Gen. L.O Adeosun to Lieutenant General,[8] making him of the same rank with Buratai. But the report was immediately debunked by the Army.[9] General Tukur Buratai was eventually removed by President Buhari on January 26, 2021 after widespread calls for the removal of service chiefs due to the worsening security situation in the country during their time of Service.[10]

Dates of promotion

Buratai's promotion dates are[5]

  • Lieutenant (January 1985)
  • Captain (January 1989)
  • Major (January 1994)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (January 1998)
  • Colonel (January 2004)
  • Brigadier General (January 2009)
  • Major General (January 2012)
  • Lieutenant General (August 2015)[11]


Lt Gen Buratai's honors and awards include:

  • Forces Service Star (FSS)
  • Meritorious Service Star (MSS)
  • Distinguished Service Star (DSS)
  • Grand Service Star (GSS).
  • Pass Staff Course Dagger (psc(+))
  • Field Command Medal
  • Training Support Medal
  • United Nations Medal for Angolan Verification Medal II


  1. ^ "Nigerian Army Chronicle of Command". Nigerian Army. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b George, Agba. "Major General TY Buratai New Chief Of Army Staff". Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Buratai posted to Benin, Olonisakin, Cameroon". Punch Newspapers (in American English). 22 June 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  4. ^ Abubakar, Shehu. "COAS Lt.-Gen. Buratai's dad speaks...I didn't ask my son to join the army'". Daily Trust. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "Major General Tukur Yusufu Buratai". Nigerian Army. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  6. ^ Somorin, Kunle. "Lt – Gen Tukur Buratai: The Conqueror Of Boko Haram". Leadership Nigeria. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  7. ^ Akinrujomu, Akinyemi. "Bangladeshi chief of army staff visits Buratai in Abuja (Photos)". Naij.com - Nigeria news. (in American English). Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  8. ^ Press, Fellow (9 July 2019). "Buhari promotes Adeosun to lieutenant general". Nigeria online news (in American English). Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  9. ^ Press, Fellow (10 July 2019). "Nigerian Army speaks on Buhari replacing Chief of Staff". Nigeria online news (in American English). Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Buhari fires Buratai, other Service Chiefs, names replacements" (in British English). 26 January 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  11. ^ Agba, George. "As Service Chiefs Get Promotion: PMB Gives Marching Orders On Boko Haram". Leadership Nigeria. Archived from the original on 20 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.