Army Chief, Buratai, Receives The Politico Man of the Year Award
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General T.Y Buratai, was on Wednesday awarded The Politico Man of the Year 2016 award by the management team of the magazine and online publication.
The management team of the magazine was led by the Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in- Chief, Mustapha Shehu.
Shehu, in his speech delivered at the occasion, said Buratai was voted as the magazine’s Man of the Year by Nigerians across various social media platforms among other important nominees such as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Gen. T.Y Danjuma, Mallam Lawal Daura, Donald Trump and Dr Sale Abba.
The Editior-in-Chief said ”that General Buratai is deserving of this award is not in dispute. Even his arch enemies, leaders of the Boko Haram, cannot, but concur with us, if in their sober moments, they tarry a while and review their brutal misadventure. For, they had heard from the General, in a loud and clear voice. And I believe they will continue to hear from him.”
Shehu, a Harvard-trained journalist,also used the occasion to charge Nigerian media to carry out their functions within the rule of law, saying ”a corrupt media is worse that a corrupt judiciary.”
In his remarks, Gen. Buratai thanked the management team and editorial board of the influential magazine for finding him suitable for the award, saying ‘the Nigerian army and the media are partners in peace and development of the country.”
The COAS also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the needed logistic and financial support to the Nigerian army as they continue to protect the country’s sovereignty against internal and external aggression.
The award ceremony which took place at the Army Conference Hall had in attendance several high ranking officers including Generals Chris Jemitola, Bojie, S.K Usman, and the media.
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