Tukur Yusuf Buratai

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Tukur Yusuf Buratai
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Chief of Army Staff
Assumed office
July 2015
Preceded byLT-Gen. Kenneth Minimah
Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force
In office
May 2014 – July 2015
Preceded byBrig-Gen. E. Ransome-Kuti
Succeeded byMaj-Gen. Iliya Abbah
Personal details
Born (1960-11-24) 24 November 1960 (age 58)
Alma materNigerian Defence Academy
University of Maiduguri
Military service
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/serviceFlag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Years of service1981 –
RankLieutenant general⭐⭐⭐
CommandsMultinational Joint Task Force
Battles/warsBoko Haram Insurgency War
Niger Delta Militancy

Tukur Yusuf Buratai is a Nigerian Army Lieutenant general and the current Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria,[1] a position he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015.[2] He was commissioned in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments.

Background and education[edit]

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.[3] 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[edit]

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.[4] Buratai has a degree in History from University of Maiduguri and a degree in Philosophy from Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka.[5] He is also a graduate of National Defence College, Mirpur, Bangladesh.[6]

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. [4]

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 Benin Republic, an appointment he held till he became Chief of Army Staff. [4]

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]

Dates of promotion[edit]

Buratai's promotion dates are[4]

  • 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)[7]


Lt Gen Buratai’s honours 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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b c d "Major General Tukur Yusufu Buratai". Nigerian Army. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  5. ^ Somorin, Kunle. "Lt – Gen Tukur Buratai: The Conqueror Of Boko Haram". Leadership Nigeria. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. ^ Akinrujomu, Akinyemi. "Bangladeshi chief of army staff visits Buratai in Abuja (Photos)". Naij.com - Nigeria news. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  7. ^ 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.