Ebonyi University follows Igbinedion in naming institute after Buratai

Nigerian Army Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai

Ebonyi State University (EBSU) has named its new Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies after the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

In a statement on Friday by army spokesman, Sagir Musa, EBSU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chigozie Egbu, announced the honour when he led a team from the university on a courtesy visit to Buratai in Abuja.

Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State had on April 15 named its Centre for Contemporary Security Affairs after Buratai.

Egbu said Buratai deserved commendation for the achievements the army had recorded under his leadership.

“We are also delighted that you are interested in the establishment of an Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies at EBSU to offer members of the Armed Forces, Police and paramilitary agencies the opportunity to get higher and relevant education,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor said the institute which is named ‘Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies’ has the backing of the state governor, David Umahi, and the State Executive Council.

In response, Buratai dedicated the honour to officers and soldiers of the Nigerian army for their commitment, sacrifices and resolve to bring an end to security challenges facing Nigeria.

Buratai said the army would sponsor qualified officers and soldiers interested to enroll in the university’s programmes.

He also solicited for collaboration between the institution and an emerging research centre, Nigerian Army Resource Centre.