Book launch: Defence minister lauds journalist for authoring 3 books on military

  • Hails former COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai’s service legacies

The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi, rtd, has challenged media practitioners to do more in promoting the nation’s Armed Forces’ sacrifices in National defence.

General Magashi stated this in a message to the Public Presentation and Launch of three books titled: DUTY Call under Buratai’s Command, Walking the War Front with Lt Gen TY Buratai and the Lonely Grave authored by Jibril Baba Ndace of the Blueprint Newspapers.

The Minister of Defence, a special guest of honour represented by his Special Adviser Technical, Major General AT Jibrin (rtd), commended the author for a job well accomplished. The Defence Minister said the books are much more than the by-product of a journalistic assignment. He extolled the sterling professionalism of the author, whom he described as a patriotic citizen and resourceful journalist worthy of emulation by his colleagues.

While acknowledging the immense contributions of the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, rtd, CFR, to the stability of the nation’s polity and his giant strides in repositioning the Nigerian Army, he tasked media practitioners to raise the bar of developmental journalism.

The Vice president- Elect Senator Kashim Shettiman, represented by Senator Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabo and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blueprint Newspapers, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, acknowledged the intellectual prowess of the author for putting the books together in honour of Lt General Buratai whom they described as a gallant defender of the indivisibility of Nigeria.

The honouree, Lt Gen TY Buratai, CFR, thanked the author for succinctly capturing narratives in the books.
He said the successes recorded in Counterterrorism Operations under his watch as the Chief of Army Staff were driven by vision and valour with the support of the gallant troops and the media practitioners, especially some embedded Defence Correspondents, the likes of Mohammad Abdulkadri of Nta, Ben Sheman of the Voice of Nigeria and Senator Iroegbu among others.

The book reviewers, former Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General SK Usman(rtd) mni and Dr Muhammad Auwal Haruna of the Faculty of Communication, Bayero University, kano, described the books as a monumental intellectual edifice that captured the very essence of Scholarship, statesmanship and leadership style of a dogged infantry General TY Buratai.

High points of the ceremony that attracted representatives of the Service Chiefs, some Ambassadors, traditional rulers, and serving and retired Generals were the public presentation Launch of the books and the Fireside chat with the author. The ceremony’s climax was the author’s appreciative remarks to the honouree, his mentors Alhaji Mohammed Malagi and Air Vice Marshall Muhammed Ndatsu Umar and colleagues.

Mohammad Abdulkadri
Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence on Media and Publicity.
13th May 2023

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