From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Emir of Keffi, Nasarawa State, His Royal Highness, Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa III, has conferred the traditional title of “Garkuwan Keffi” on former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai (Rtd)
The Voice reports that ‘Garkuwa’ is an Hausa word which means shield.
Buratai, who is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic was conferred with the traditional title on Saturday at the emir’s palace in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking shortly after the turbaning ceremony, the Emir, Dr Chindo-Yamusa III, said the traditional title given to the former COAS was in recognition of his sterling contributions to Keffi Township and by extension, Nigeria as a whole.
He, therefore, called on him to continue to be a good role model to Nigerians and contribute to the development of the country at all times.
In an interview with journalists, Buratai said, he was highly honoured to be awarded the traditional title.
He noted that the award was based on his excellent relationship with the Emirate Council and people of Keffi and his contribution to the community.
“As I said in the palace, I have been around Keffi for over 27 years and they have seen what I have contributed to the society and what I have contributed to the less privileged even when I was in service.
“Even when I left service, I have not because of that relented in contributing my quota to the society and helping youths and women. I strongly believe that if we all do our part, Nigeria will be a better country for all,” he said.
The former COAS, appreciated the Emir of Keffi and the Keffi Emirate Council for the gesture even as he promised to do more, in terms of contributing positively to the place and state at large.