President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday (today) said that no one working with him can easily satisfy him.
Naija News understands that the Nigerian leader said this while commending the performance of the newly promoted Commander, Brigade of Guards, Major Gen. Mohammed Usman.
President Buhari, in a statement issued today by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he had found no reason whatsoever, to report Usman to his superior before the promotion.
Having decorated Usman at a short ceremony held at the Villa, the president said: “Nobody has been able to touch me while you are here. I’m absolutely satisfied with your performance.”
Naija News understands that the President, assisted by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, and the wife of the Commander, Dr Rekiya Usman, decorated the officer with the rank of Major General.
Buhari in his address recalled his tumultuous military career marked with coups, counter-coups and detention, describing Usman as a very lucky officer to have risen to the height of his military career with distinction and without hiccups.
He commended General Usman for his diligence, loyalty, patience and hard work. ‘‘You are very lucky to have the health and ability to carry out your assignments.
‘‘Those who work with me know I am very difficult to satisfy. But I have never had any reason, whatsoever, to report you to the Chief of Army Staff or the Minister of Defence,” Buhari said.
According to him, he would give the directive on Usman’s next assignment, considering that he too is about to leave office, and as he had often said, ‘‘I will live far away from Abuja.’’
The Nigerian leader commended the military officer’s family for their patience in putting up with the challenging assignment he carried out with great attitude and steadfastness.
In his remarks, Usman thanked the President for his outstanding support to the Brigade of Guards, citing the approval for the procurement of 400 armoured vehicles, which he said were enough to secure his area of responsibility, including the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa State and parts of Niger State.
He expressed joy for the promotion, saying it would spur him to do even better in his responsibilities.