Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd), says he has no intention to delve into partisan politics.
The former Chief of Army Staff also disassociated himself from the calls for him to contest the next presidential election and campaign posters that have followed.
In a statement signed by Brigadier Gen Sani Usman (rtd), Buratai said he is content and committed to national service in his present capacity as envoy to Benin Republic.
“The attention of His Excellency, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), Nigeria’s Ambassador to Republic of Benin and former Chief of Army Staff, has been drawn to calls and dissemination of campaign posters calling on him to join partisan politics and contest for Presidential candidature of one of the political parties by some persons,” the statement said.
He, however, pledged absolute loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve.
“It is essential to state that the Ambassador has never indicated interest, discussed with, or directed anyone on such matters. Therefore, such calls and posters should be discountenance as they did not emanate from him, nor is he interested in them. It is entirely the handiwork of some people for reasons best known to them.
“His Excellency wishes to reiterate his contentment and commitment to national service in his present capacity as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic. He remains loyal and eternally grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve. He, however, wishes to thank all well-meaning persons, friends and well-wishers who showed concern over this development”.