September 13, 2016
Roundtable with Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff
By Africa Center
Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham welcomed participants, introduced Buratai, and, following his prepared remarks, moderated the discussion.
Buratai detailed his priorities in ongoing operations against Boko Haram, specifically noting the military’s shift under President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt a more aggressive and offensive posture against the terrorist insurgents. He also detailed the mechanisms that the military has put into place to improve accountability and strengthen its respect of human rights.
A full transcript of Buratai's remarks can be found below:
The Nigerian delegation at the event included Brigadier General Anthony Olu Folorunsho, commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry; Brigadier General Ezra Jahadi Jakko, chief of accounts and budget of the Nigerian Army; Brigadier General Usman Shehu Mohammed, chief of staff to the chief of the army staff of the Nigerian Army; and Air Commodore Mohammed Aminu Yakubu, defense attaché at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Also in attendance and participating in the discussion were representatives from the US government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations.