It was another celebration galore for Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin and former Chief of Army Staff as he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Litts) Honoria Causa at the Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State.
The Nigerian Army University, Biyu (NAUB) held its first convocation for 417 graduates of the institution on Saturday, October 28th, 2023. The ceremony was held at the University’s Main Campus in the Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to the Vice Chancellor of the higher institution, Professor Kyari Mohammed, Buratai who was the first pro-chancellor of NAUB, deserved the conferment of Honoris Causa in recognition of his distinguished, meritorious, and dedicated service to the country and humanity.
Also, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, who is equally the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University felicitated with the newly turbanned Betara of Biu, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai for his outstanding leadership qualities. It would be recalled that the idea for the establishment of the institution was conceived by the then Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. General Buratai due to the growing need for manpower development and specialized training to cater to the technological needs of the Army in particular, the military ad the nation in general.
In his acceptance speech, Buratai lauded the institution as an epitome of academic excellence and commended its high standards of discipline.
He also urged the graduating students to invest their time and energy in making the right decisions.
He revealed that the story and history of this great institution are one of the right decisions that should be well studied by those involved in tertiary education globally.
Some of the notable dignitaries who attested to the worthiness of Buratai as deserving of the Honoris Causa were the deputy governor of Borno State, Umar Usman Kadafur, Governors of Naasarawa and Enugu who were well represented,
The Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State matriculated its first set of students on February 18, 2019, into five faculties Arts, Management and Social Sciences, Computing, Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Technology, as well as Natural and Applied Sciences.
The University’s Chancellor, His Royal Majesty, Major General Felix Mujakperuo (rtd), the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Delta State noted that citing the University in Biu has brought and will continue to bring development to the community.
“Rendering the summary of Honorary Awardees and graduating students by class of degree, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kyari Mohammed affirmed the award of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa to HRM Maj Gen Felix Mujakperuo (rtd) and Doctor of Letters to Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin and former Chief of Army Staff.