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Buratai’s Dubai Properties: Army Condemns “Smear Campaign” Against COAS



Chief of Army Staff General Tukur Buratai

Chief of Army Staff General Tukur Buratai

The Nigerian Army has in a statement cleared the air concerning media reports which it termed “campaign of claumny” against the Force.

It debunked reports that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai and his two wives paid for their Dubai property in one transaction, saying that the family paid for the property in installments from their personal savings and that the COAS has declared it among his assets at different times.

It also refuted allegations of contract scam regarding the procurement of military equipment saying that he was never a Director of Procurement in the Army.

The statement, signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, titled: “Sahara Reporters and Campaign of Calumny Against the Chief of Army Staff” read:

The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to another round of campaign of calumny against the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai and his family by some unscrupulous elements as contained in Sahara Reporters’ story titled “Revealed: Buhari’s Chief Of Army Staff, General Buratai, Wives Own Dubai Property”, alleging that Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Tukur Buratai, and his two wives are joint owners of a Dubai property that was paid for in one transaction posted on the website, this (Friday) evening.

It is important to know that these baseless allegations were not new. In March this year, some groups of individuals under the aegis of “Concerned Citizens”, tried same smear campaign to their disappointment, it could not fly, because it is not true.

You will recall early this week, there was similar campaign of calumny by yet another online news medium, The Cable, in which among other things, it alleged that wounded in action Nigerian Army personnel were abandoned by the Army, government and the nation which is not true.

Therefore, the latest round of smear campaign by Sahara Reporters is one of the series of campaigns of calumny by these faceless individuals to malign the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army. Yet, typical of blackmailers and mischief makers despite failures, they did not give up, hence they now found a willing accomplice reputed for muckraking like the Sahara Reporters. The online news medium this evening uploaded another campaign of calumny allegedly based on a petition by obviously fake and non-existent group it described as “Concerned Soldiers and Officers From the North East”.

The allegations contained in the Sahara Reporters write up are baseless and not correct. It is a fact that the Buratai family have two properties in Dubai that were paid for in installments through personal savings three years ago. This, along with other personal assets have consistently been declared by General Buratai in his Assets Declaration Form as Commander Multinational Joint Task Force Commander and as Chief of Army Staff.

It is pertinent to state that the Chief of Army Staff does not have any account with Skye Bank as alleged, let alone making deposits in the imaginary bank account to the tune of the amount stated in the write up. Similarly, he has not been involved in any form of shady or dishonest transaction, not to talk of “contract scam”.

In addition, General Buratai was never near either Defence Headquarters or Army Headquarters in 2013. It is pertinent to also note that he was never a Director of procurement in Army Headquarters as alleged. As a matter of fact, the Nigerian Army never had a Directorate of Procurement till when he established one last year when he became Chief of Army Staff.

In a bid to rubbish the hard earned reputation and good name of the Chief of Army Staff, these blackmailers will stop at nothing hence all these kinds of mudslinging.

It is really worrisome that some people could condescend so low to fabricate baseless allegation against the Chief of Army Staff for reasons that could best be described as mischievous. It is equally worrisome that Sahara Reporters could lend space for this obvious mischief. We really do not believe that it is because the price is right.

Consequently, the public and indeed all well meaning persons should disregard this round of campaign of calumny against the Chief of Army Staff and similar ones because they are baseless and unfounded.

For the unscrupulous elements and their cohorts, these campaigns would prod the Nigerian Army and indeed the Chief of Army Staff to continue to serve the nation diligently and with utmost zeal.


  1. anon

    June 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Lmao Nigeria my Nigeria, it is now you people will know that Baba aint fighting any damn corruption. Army General has houses in Dubai from which savings? i laugh in chinese. you people must think we are idiots in this country yeah, he declared it where?

    • Fasholaslover

      June 26, 2016 at 1:51 am

      Savings from his salary nau! Meanwhile, the houses are gifts to his two wives. So, you can imagine what he is not declaring. Buhari bu ndi oshi. Abacha is not kwarupt.

      All the boko haram/APC worshippers be suffering and fronting like those in sambisa forest. You are suffering yet, refuse to come out of sambisa.

  2. NN

    June 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Man, I’m tired of this country….why is everyone so fraudulent?

    How do I defend my nationality?

  3. nnenne

    June 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Welcome to Nigeria my dear.
    Thanks to social media. Our voices can’t be muffled anymore. Whether they like it or not those who need to hear are hearing. Those who can reason are putting one and one together, propaganda, media spinning or not.

    • anonymous

      June 25, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      abeg stop making noise. As if any of these people have and will ever see inside of a prison cell. Even Dasuki, you think anything will happen to him? What of Akpabio, Amaechi, Tinubu. LOOL. You APC sentiment prefects are the problem with Nigeria, as you guys are the political version of religious extremists and fundamentalists. Dream dream dream ignore APC and Buharis flaws dream dream dream

  4. Evaristus udeani

    June 26, 2016 at 12:03 am

    This is no campaign of calumny to smear the COAS.
    He COAS, should tell the whole world the wives’s sources of income to be able to buy properties in Dubai, even if they paid in instalments.
    Are the wives in NA or civil servants or contractors with the NA.
    The truth is that the wives are fronting for their husband in the transactions, since the COAS is a current serving army officer.
    You have to come to equity with clean hands.
    EFCC and DSS should search deeper as they are currently doing in Ayodele Fayose and RTD Gen Ihejirika

  5. Busarni

    June 26, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Liar liar pants on fire; le struggle to defend your self is real. The fact is; the military is corrupt . Bubu; you better send your dogs (efcc) to go after him. Not every time PDP. Hiss….

  6. ElessarisElendil

    June 26, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Smart people once said that one of the reasons dictatorships don’t progress is because the rulers, being scared of their inevitable exit steal and stash.

    The question here is where have our “leaders” who have more information than we do been acting like crackpot dictators scared the jig is coming to an end. What do they do that we don’t??

  7. Tolulope

    June 26, 2016 at 10:09 am

    This not their call at all. His office shouldn’t respond but he himself should. Your savings can buy two houses in Dubai but Deziani( former minister) an ex senior staff in shell can’t own a house in Abuja and Dubai, can’t own some gold jewelries….Na wa o.

  8. from nairaland

    June 26, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    If Buhari’s bank sponsors his election with a 27 million Naira loan for his nomination form , it is strategic business and political calculation . But If Fayose’s bank sponsors Fayose’s election , it is corruption.
    If Diezani, a former shell top executive, owns a house abroad, it is corruption. But If Buratai, a career military man, owns two houses abroad, it is called money saving skills.
    If Dangote owes Banks Billions of Naira, it is strategic business acumen. But If Ben Bruce does same, it is corrupt bad debt and his business must close down.
    If Jonathan keeps 9 presidential jets, it is corruption and callousness, but If Buhari keeps same 9 presidential jets, its a sign that he means well for the people!
    Welcome to Buhari’s Animal farm . Anefiok Udoabasi

    Ena adds

    Burantai got his houses in Dubai by savings, but Shell Nigeria longtime Boss and business woman Deziani building ONE house in Abuja and NONE in Dubai is a thief.

    Ihejirika and Badeh are thieves but not Burantai. Okay!

    Point is, fraud is Nigerian. It is taking place by the budget padders as we speak. It is taking place in Customs and everywhere. The president that will stop corruption is one that will not distiguish between Muslim and Christian, past 5 years/past 16 years, 97 percent and 5 percent, APC and PDP, Haliburton and Security votes, etc.

    The president is not yet born

  9. Bowl

    June 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    @Tolupe, na wao my dear !

  10. LemmeRant

    June 26, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Buhari will not talk now o

    If its to comment on David Cameron’s action now, nobody will remind

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