Major Daniel Banjo, (retd.), a former course mate of ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.), revealed how Buratai was ambushed three times while battling Boko Haram insurgents.
He said this while speaking at an interfaith prayer organised for him by the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude, in the monarch’s Kuta, Osun State palace on Saturday.
Buratai, who was represented by Banjo and Wing Commander Mamman Yusuf (retd.), said, “I remember, about three times, he (Buratai) called me in the middle of the night. He was at the warfront. He would call and say things are happening here and Nigerians are not appreciative of what we are doing.
“He wouldn’t sleep for weeks. He was ambushed three times and he jumped into the bush with his men, with Kalashnikov (AK-47 rifles) and they would be able to kill some and arrest some.”
Oba Oyelude said the people of the community would remain grateful to Buratai for the assistance he rendered towards the completion of a bridge linking the community to Ede.
The Olowu said, “For decades, several prominent political office-holders have tried to help us construct the Ede/Kuta Bridge, but they could not. However, on bringing the request before Lt.-Gen. Buratai, he granted it and ensured it was built.
“This is enough of an achievement for me as a monarch. The bridge is almost 100 years old, and now, the communities in this area have been linked and the villagers are now liberated.”