The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (Rtd), has given himself a pass mark in handling the Army for over five years.
He also said he owes no one explanation over his recent appointment as one of the non-career ambassadors.
Buratai spoke with journalists after a special gala night organised by members of the 29th Regular Course Association of the Nigerian Defense Academy in Abuja at the weekend.
Buratai and other Service Chiefs “voluntarily resigned” their positions on 26 January 2021 after months of calls for their sack following a spate of insecurity in different parts of the country, especially in the northeast and the seeming failure of the security agencies to contain it.
Buhari immediately appointed Major-General Leo Irabor Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff as replacements.
However, the President released a list of nominees as non-career ambassadors of the country on 4 February 2021, just nine days after their resignation as Service Chiefs.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) kicked against the move, calling on the President to withdraw the list.
In a statement by the spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP described the appointment as a plot to shield the ex-Service Chiefs from investigation over the “killing of innocent Nigerians and crimes against humanity” under their inglorious watch.
PDP also charged the Senate to eschew all partisan considerations and stand on the side of the people.
However, while responding to a question, Buratai said he would not respond to the PDP’s statement, insisting that he is not a politician.
He said: “It’s an honourable retirement and also an honourable appointment.
“I’m not a politician, so I have no word for the opposition. I have done well.
He said he stood out while in charge as the Chief of Army Staff, saying: “I am happy that in July last year, my officers at the Army headquarters compiled a compendium of my achievements.
“In fact, I can’t even remember all the projects that we have executed. Is it in term of infrastructure? Is it in term of capacity building? Is it in terms of training?
“Since I was appointed, there was never a dull moment in terms of training.