Yusuf Buratai, the father of Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, is dead.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka, the Director, Army Public Relations, confirmed the death in a statement issued on Friday, February 9, 2018, in Maiduguri.
He added that “this is to inform you of the passing away of the father of the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Alhaji Yusuf Buratai, this morning in Maiduguri”.
His remains were buried at the Gwange cemetery in Maiduguri.
The 106-year-old war veteran died in the early hours of Friday at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.
Buratai, who fought in World War II, is survived by one wife, 15 children, and many grandchildren.
The funeral prayer was attended by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State and his Deputy, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, and some members of state and national assemblies.
Also in attendance were the General Commanding Officer (GOC), 7 Division, Major General Ibrahim Yusuf; the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas; and other top military officers.