According to THE WHISTLER, Buratai will be awarded the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) at an investiture ceremony on October 11, 2022, at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
It was recalled that on February 4, 2021, President Buhari forwarded the names of Buratai and others to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate. On June 22, 2021, he was appointed ambassador to the Benin Republic.
According to the report, President Buhari’s award of the CFR title to Buratai is contained in a letter marked FMSDIGA/NHA/001/T/90 and dated September 16, 2022.
The letter signed by George Akume, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, partly reads, “I have the honour to formally inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the conferment of the National Honours on you, in the rank of CFR (Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic).”
Akume noted in the letter that accommodation with complimentary breakfast had been reserved for the former Army Chief at Fraizer Suites, from where he would proceed to the venue of the ceremony, while requesting him to “forward a one-page citation and current passport photograph” to an email provided.
Also in a separate letter dated September 19 and marked FMSDIGA/NHA/001/T/9, President Buhari approved the conferment of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) title on Dr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, the Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).