Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai: Falana Asks Buhari To Sack COAS


Foremost human rights lawyer and activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has urged President Buhari to sack the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Mr. Falana opined that Gen. Buratai should be sacked if he refuses to voluntarily resign.

The lawyer-activist has called for the COAS’s resignation following the revelation about his purchased properties worth $1.5m in Dubai.

According to Falana, despite General Buratai’s commendable feat of leading the Nigerian Army to defeat Boko Haram in the North East, the war on corruption was also a must-win for the Buhari Administration.

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The outspoken lawyer ‎described as a “cock and bull story” the explanation by authorities of the Nigerian Army that Gen. Buratai paid for the said properties through his personal savings.

He regretted that the name of the Nigerian Army had been muddled in an attempt to ‎defend Buratai in the matter.

Buratai Should Resign or Be Sacked – Falana

Falana also strongly condemned the involvement of the Nigerian Army in defending Buratai, saying no one has yet explained to Nigerians how an army General could manage to save $1.5 million (N450 million).

He said:

“In view of the ban on the opening and operation of foreign accounts by public officers, the Code of Conduct Bureau should be involved in the investigation.

“If the Chief of Army Staff does not deem it fit to resign forthwith, President Buhari should not hesitate to remove him in the interest of national morality.”

Falana commended the President Buhari Administration for its handling of corruption cases.

Particularly the ones involving high-profile military officers allegedly involved ‎in the diversion of monies meant for arms procurement.

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According to him, the diversion of the fund, allowed the Boko Haram insurgents to kill about 25,000 Nigerians and displace millions of others.

Falana stressed that Gen. Buratai should step down from his position.

He then urged a full-scale scale investigation by the Arms Procurement Panel and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission into the matter.