Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt . Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), has backed continuous training among Armed Forces members.
He stated this at the National Defence College Nigeria while presenting a lecture on ‘Strategic Leadership’ to Course 30/2021 at the weekend.
Buratai noted that if this is adhered to there will be strategic leadership will be achieved. According to him, the qualities of a good strategic leader include the need for a weight control policy to ensure that officers and soldiers are physically, medically, and mentally fit to perform their jobs effectively.
The Ambassador noted that officers and soldiers should be exposed to training courses both at home and abroad, inspiring a shared vision to inculcate core values, ethics, and standards to improve the performance of the Nigerian Army.
According to him, “when you talk about Strategic leadership, so many things come into mind, especially as regards those that could be referred to as Strategic leaders. A Strategic leader is the one that has the experience, as stated by General Douglas McArthur.”
Buratai added that there should be an improvement on innovation being the key to achieving the vision and goals set for every task.
“You must develop the capacity of your officers and men. It would help if you were versatile and adaptive. Every leader aims to get the job done, through exemplary leadership” “We have made Nigeria Army a Modern Army. We have made Nigeria Army professional by introducing many Infrastructures like the Nigeria Army Warfare Research. My regrets are not discovering our Initiative of MRAP and many war instruments, but we thank God as it has been introduced,” the former Army chief said.
Giving his speech, the College Commandant, Rear. Admiral Bashir lauded General Buratai for being a unique and practical leader whose qualities should be emulated.
He cited that his unique qualities have made him one of the strategic leaders to be studied in the college.
Buratai was accompanied by Major General Adeniyi Oyebade (Rtd), Major Gen Iliya Abba (Rtd), Brig-Gen Sani Usman Kukasheka (Rtd), and Hon. Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani.