ABUJA- Kalthum Foundation for Peace (KFP), a charity organisation, says the former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, did his best to restore peace and security to the country as army chief.
The Chairperson and Founder of KFP, Ummu Kalthum-Rabiu, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Kalthum-Rabiu, said the foundation had collaborated with the military in the North-East in counterterrorism and counter-insurgency operations through non kinetic approaches.
She said the recent outbursts by one Garus Gololo against Buratai, was uncalled for considering the former army chief’s patriotic efforts in taming insecurity in Nigeria.
According to her, the foundation wants to set the record straight and make it abundantly clear that troops allowance and welfare under Buratai was at its peak and everything was done through the banks to block corruption.
“Similarly, former President Muhammadu Buhari, did his best to procure arms and all gears needed for the troops to checkmate the insurgents thus the victory Nigeria recorded under Buratai as COAS.
“This was acknowledged by the World Terrorism Index and other reputable international bodies.
“Gen. Buratai did not only ensure that troops’ allowance was paid as at and when due but also introduced cigarette allowance of N6,000 monthly to them to boost their morale.
“This is why the last time he was passing through Buniyadi, the troops forced him to stop to show their appreciation and solidarity to him.
“The video went viral wherein the troops referred to him ‘Baba oyo lyo’,” she said.
She urged the public to disregard “jobless and destructive minds and their vindictive utterances” because such people have no any moral compass.
“Certainly, Mr Gololo can not go to the North-East and say what he said here in Abuja to the press.
“This is in no way an attempt to lobby for any appointment in the cabinet of President Tinubu for Buratai but to set the record straight and clear the name of a patriotic officer who gave in his best to stabilize the North-East.
“It is up to the president to do whatever he thinks is best and right for the country. It is his prerogative to work with whom he wishes,” she added. (NAN)