There are indications that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Saturday, escaped assassination attempt,.
Feelers showed that his convoy was attacked by members of the Muslim sect, Shiites in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Seven persons reportedly lost their lives in the clash between soldiers attached to Buratai’s convoy and the Shiite Muslim sect.
The Chief of Army Staff is the highest ranking military officer of the Nigerian Army.
Buratai was appointed into office in July 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari
Maj-Gen. Buratai hails from a Buratai town in Biu local government area in Borno state that has suffered greatly from the brutal threat of the Boko Haram group.
Until his new appointment, he was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad.
One year ago Boko Haram attacked the house of Buratai, who was then a commander of the Joint Task Force in the Niger-Delta.
When he was the Commander 2 Brigade Port Harcourt and Sector Commander Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield, Major-General Buratai brought about improved security in Rivers and Bayelsa states, launched the fight against oil theft, piracy, kidnapping and armed robbery.
He also greatly improved the barracks infrastructure in Port Harcourt.
!In his first decision as country’s COAS Buhari had relocated military command centre to the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency, Maiduguri.
General Buratai whose hobbies comprise farming, squash racket and jogging, is faced with the task of leading the troops to eradicating insurgent in the north eastern state of the country.