My Family Invested In Dubai Property Before I Became Army Chief, Says Buratai

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Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai


Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that his family invested in a property in Dubai, United Arab Emirates before he was appointed the chief of army staff.

Buratai, a guest on BBC interview programme Hard Talk, on Tuesday, said his family conducts its private business and has the wherewithal to afford a property in Dubai.

“Substantial property is just an investment; my family do their own private business. They should afford to have such property in Dubai,” the army chief said.

“The type of property you are talking about is not the ones people are talking about.

“The property I invested was far back as 2013 before I became the chief of army staff, I never dreamt of becoming the chief of army staff and people are accusing me as if it is today.”

Speaking on the swap of Boko Haram prisoners for Chibok girls, Buratai said it was a decision taken in national interest.

He said it was not a military decision, but a political one.

“As far as I am concerned, we performed our own role for the save passage of the abducted Chibok girls,” he said.

“The Boko Haram terrorists’ swap for the Chibok School girls was a political decision not a military decision. It is in the best interest of the nation and based on circumstances, the government felt it was the best course.

“Personally, I think it has its own advantages; the message is to rescue the Chibok girls.”

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