By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Ideal Women Support and Empowerment Foundation has presented an award to former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), His Excellency Ambassador Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Rtd.
The award was presented on Saturday in Kaduna, in a private ceremony, attended by several dignitaries.
President of the group, Falmata Abacha while presenting the award, said that Buratai has been supporting the group to help and empower the less privileged even when when he was in service.
She said with the award, the group wants to appreciate him for the kind gesture, “the selfless efforts of valiant men towards the development and advancement in the country.
Dr. Manzo Ahmed in his response, described the recipient as his childhood friend.
” I named my son after Buratai and also he named his daughter after my late mother.
“On behalf of his friends that are here, we appreciate your honour. We appreciate you all that have honoured him for finding him worthy We have lost count of how many honours he has received, this is due to his commitment, dedication and service to the nation.
“Buratai has never forgotten his friends throughout his life.
“Buratai is retired, but not tired. I am wondering if he is not much busier than he was in service,” he said.
Amongst notable dignitaries that accompanied Buratai to receive the awards, were, Lt. Gen. L. O. Adeosun (Rtd), Dr. Manzo Ahmed, Alhaji Alhassan Sultan, Maj. Gen. A. Tarfa (Rtd), Maj. Gen. Bulama Biu (Rtd), Alhaji Usman Nan-Nam,
Hon. Jafaru Ribadu and a host of others.