Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai yesterday again defended the property allegedly owned by him in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, saying it is his family investment in 2013, long before his appointment.
Mr. Buratai made the clarification yesterday when he featured in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) interview programme Hard Talk. However, he failed to disclose how his family got the money to buy such expensive property – since all the money he could have legitimately earned as a soldier would not have been enough to buy a stall in Dubai.
He said any way, ”Substantial property is just an investment; my family do their own private business. They should afford to have such property in Dubai,” he said, adding: “The type of property you are talking about is not the ones people are talking about.
“The property I invested was far back as 2013 before I became the chief of army staff, I never dreamt of becoming the chief of army staff and people are accusing me as if it is today.”
Talking about Boko Haram, the army chief distanced himself from the swap of Boko Haram prisoners with abducted 82 Chibok girls, describing it as “a political decision” by the authorities.
”As far as I am concerned, we performed our own role for the save passage of the abducted Chibok girls.
“The Boko Haram terrorists’ swap for the Chibok School girls was a political decision not a military decision. It is in the best interest of the nation and based on circumstances, the government felt it was the best course.
“Personally, I think it has its own advantages; the message is to rescue the Chibok girls,” he said.