A former governor of Anambra State, Dr Willie Obiano, has showered encomiums on former army chief of staff, Gen TY Buratai rtd, for his efforts to secure the country and foster unity among the ethnic groups.
Obiano, who spoke at his countryhome in Aguleri after the conferment of the highest title of ‘The Warrior That Leads His Troops To Battle’ (Ochiagha Dike Eji Eje Ogu), said his people will be eternally grateful for the support of Gen Buratai for helping to stem insecurity in Anambra State.
He, however, explained that the Chieftaincy title comes with a lot of blessings, which will go with Gen Buratai.
His words, ” When there was insecurity in Anambra, Gen Buratai helped with the deployment of troops. There was a time he influenced the deployment of female intelligence officers to tackle insecurity in Anambra.
” We are very grateful to him for this great gesture . And my people will never forget his support to the Aguleri and her people.” He said.
The Warrior That Leads His Troops To Battle! Aguleri Honours Buratai
A former chief of army staff, Gen TY Buratai rtd has been honoured as ‘The Warrior that Leads his Troops To Battle’, Ochiagha Dike Eji Eje Ogu Aguleri at the 124th annual Ovala Aguleri by His Royal Majesty, Dr Michael Chukwuneme Idigo V, Eze Aguleri.
The colourful Chieftaincy title was preceded by an homage to Eze on Friday, January 5, 2024.On Saturday, January 6, 2024, the Eze Aguleri, who came out in a procession with his Ozo title chiefs and other chiefs, also included the youth procession and other traditional ceremonies to kick start the conferment.
The title, an equivalent of generalismo, perfectly fitted the former chief of army staff whose roles as military chief and diplomat are about unity and to keep Nigeria as one.
Buratai, while speaking during the homage to Eze’s palace, harped on unity and cordial working relationships among the various ethnic groups in Nigeria.
He, however, thanked Dr Obiano, the Eze and Aguleri community, for honouring him with such chieftaincy title, promising not to let them down.
The host treated Gen Buratai and his entourage to a rich Igbo cultural dance.
The entire community stood still as Gen Buratai paid homage to the elders of Aguleri community.
The itinerant drumers from the northern part of the country also thrilled the audience to the traditional dance and music.
As a mark of honour for his services to Nigeria, Gen Buratai has been conferred with chieftaincy titles across Nigeria, which include Betara of Biu, Balogun Agba Akin of Kuta amongst many others.
Royal dignitaries in the entourage of Gen Buratai include, HRH Mustapha Umar Mustapha II, CON (Emir of Biu/Head of Delegation), HRH Dr. Chindo Shehu Yamusa- Emir of Keffi, HRH Dr. Bashir Albashir Bukar- Emir of Machina, HRM Kabiyesi Hameed Oyelude Makama, TEGBOSUN III (CON) Chairman, Supreme Council of all Owu Obas- Olowu of Owu Kuta Kigdom, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Birma, Birma of Biu, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed- Dan Masani of Biu, Rear Admiral Abdul Biu Adamu (Rtd) OFR – Shettima of Biu and Brig-Gen Abdullahi Dadan Garba (Rtd)- Zannah of Biu.
Others were Alhaji Hussaini Adam- Galadima of Biu, Alhaji Usman Lawal- Makaman Keffi , HRH Oba Nureni Abioye- The Olu of Bode-Osi, Dr. Kazeem Adio- The Onigege of Igege Kingdom, HRM Oba Ismail Gbadamosi Ifabunmi III- The Ola of Ajagunlase, HRM Oba Asimiyu Agboluaje- The Ologburo of Ogburo, HRM Oba Kamorudeen Ajiboye Sanni- The Olowu of Owu Obaloyan Kingdom , Alhaji Dr. Halliru Muhammad- Magajin Garin Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Isah- Ciroma of Nguru and Engr. Hassan Mohammed, Dan Madami of Yusufari.
Other dignitaries that were at the ceremony include, Gen Buratai’s elder brother, Ibrahim Buratai, Lt Gen Adeosun lamidi rtd, Brig Gen Usman S.K rtd, Vice Chancellor of Army University, Biu, Prof Kyari Mohammed, Hon Justice Musa A H, Dr Manzo Ahmed, Major Gen Abdulmalik Biu rtd, Rear Admiral Abdul Adamu Biu rtd, Hon Ribadu Jafaru, Maj Gen Efeovbokhan Mathias rtd, Commodore Teidi M.B rtd, Major Gen Ezugwu Victor rtd, Major Gen Ali M G rtd, Major Gen Muktar Nasiru Usman rtd, Brig Gen Dadangarba Abdullahi rtd, Air Commander AN Chukwuka (CDS Rep), former governor of Anambra, Virgy Etiaba, Barrister Lateef Onijo,Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi and Mr Femi Oyewale amongst others.