The Tinubu-Alliance Platform (TAP), a political organisation, has on Monday suggested that the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai heads the security unit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council.
The organisation said Buratai’s wealth of experience, pedigree and strong network would be crucial during and after the presidential tours around the country.
This recommendation was disclosed in a statement by its Secretary-General, Best Agbese, following a recent meeting between the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu, and the country’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic.
“Although details of their discussion have not been made public, it is likely to be in connection with the forthcoming elections with Buratai expected to play a vital role.
“We believe Buratai’s vast knowledge in security and diplomacy could make all the difference for the former Lagos State governor,” he said.
Agbese maintained that as an Army Chief, Buratai oversaw an era in the country’s history, leaving behind enduring legacies that redefined the ethos in counter-insurgency operations and civil-military relations, adding that the APC would be victorious in 2023.
The Secretary-General asserted that the former COAS was a “soldier and commander at the same time”, who showed unrivalled patriotism, commitment and sacrifices for the safety of Nigeria and Nigerians.
He reiterated that the soldier-statesman had taken his passion for the country to another level as a diplomat, fostering commercial and security relationships with Benin.
According to him, Buratai has found “diplomatic solutions to Nigeria’s porous borders which facilitated the smuggling of weapons from that axis by striking a mutual understanding with the country to checkmate the trend.”
Agbese, therefore, advised the APC and its presidential candidate to follow up on the appointment of Governor Yahaya Bello as youth coordinator by confirming Buratai as security head of its campaign council.