Biography Of Major General T. Y. Buratai

Biography Of Major General T. Y. Buratai

Major General T.Y. Buratai
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Turkur Yusuf Buratai, popularly known as Major General T. Y Buratai, the Chief Of Army Staff of Nigeria is a native of Buratai Town, Biu Local Government Area of
Borno State Nigeria. Buratai was born on November 24,1960.


General Buratai had his primary education at Buratai town. After his primary education, he was admitted into Government Teachers College Potiskum, Yobe State, where he had his secondary education and made distinction. He later got admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna as a member of the 29 Regular Combatant Course (29 RC) in January 1981. On successful completion of his Officer Cadet training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 17th December 1983 into the Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army.

After his commission, he has attended several courses and seminars both here in Nigeria and abroad and also served in many formations, units and training institution where he held command, staff and instructional appointments as follows; he attended the mandatory Young Officers Course Infantry (YOC) and Anti-Tank Platoon Commanders? Course both at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji. He also attended Watermanship Course at Amphibious Training School Calabar and Joint Operations Coaching Course, as well as Computer Appreciation Course. He attended Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) for his Junior Staff Course and Senior Staff Course in 1994 and 1999-2000 respectively. Similarly, Major General Buratai has also attended Management Course at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and International Conference for Directors of Planning, Research and Statistics. Others include Disarmament, Demobilization and Re-integration Course at Cornwallis Park, Nova Scota, Canada in 2000 and National Defence Course in Bangaladesh and the United Nations Staff and Logistics Officers? Course in India, amongst others.  


Before his appointment as the Chief Of Army Staff, General T.Y. Buratai was the Force Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF). He had earlier served as Director at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja and also served as the Brigade Commander at 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army Port Harcourt as well as Commander, Joint Task Force, Operation PULO SHIELD. Maj-Gen. Buratai  has also served as Commander of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.

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