EBONYI State University (EBSU) has named its newly established Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies after the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, for his selfless service to the nation and humanity in general.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution and former Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Chigozie Egbu, stated this when he led a team from the university on a courtesy visit to the COAS at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
As was contained in a press release signed by Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, the VC commended the COAS on the achievements the army has recorded under his leadership in the areas of promotion and maintenance of peace in Nigeria, particularly during the 2019 general elections.
According to him “Ebonyi State University is ready to collaborate with the Army on the trust that a well-educated Army is essential for effective military duties in the 21st Century.
“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 disclosed that the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Eweze Umahi, and the State Executive Council had approved that the Institute be named “LT Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies”.
In his remarks, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, thanked the leadership of the university, government and people of Ebonyi State for the honour.
He dedicated the honour to officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for their commitment, sacrifices and resolved to bring an end to the myriad of security challenges facing Nigeria.
He expressed willingness to support the university to provide quality education and to serve as a centre for academic research on contemporary security challenges, signifying that the Army will sponsor qualified officers and soldiers interested to enroll in its programmes. He further solicits for collaboration between the university and the Nigerian Army Resource Centre which is equally an emerging research centre of repute.
It could be recalled that the Igbinedion University Okada had honored the Nigerian Army by naming its Centre for Contemporary Security Affairs after Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai.