By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has bagged the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) International Golf and Country Club ‘Award of Excellent Leadership’.
Vice Captain of the Club, Senator Emmanuel Anosike, led a high-powered delegation of prominent Golf members to make the presentation at Army headquarters even as he expressed the sincere gratitude of the IBB Golf Club to the COAS for the invaluable support he has been giving the Club for years.
The award comprised a beautiful trophy that is crafted with the design of a player poised to hit a golf ball.
Sen. Anosike usef the opportunity to commend the COAS for the remarkable strides recorded by his men and troops in the fight against insurgency and other criminal elements across the country.
Emphasizing that ‘Golf is Life’,
Anosike solicited Buratai’s support for the forth coming IBB Captain’s Cup.
He disclosed that IBB Golf Club is the only one having a world-class golf range in the country and requested that Army golfers and officers passionate about becoming professional golfers should seize the opportunity of the facility to horn and develop their golfing skills.
He further appealed to the COAS to make necessary arrangement for Army golfers who are presently Corporate members, to become fully Certified members of the Golf Club.
Responding, Lt. Gen. Buratai, while noting that the Nigerian Army and IBB Golf Club have a long-standing relationship of mutual goodwill, thanked the Vice Captain and his delegation for the courtesy call.
He tasked them to launch grassroots’ mentorship programmes in schools across the country, so as to identify and groom future Tiger Woods and other talented golfers, who will win laurels for Nigeria at international sporting tournaments.
The COAS assured that Army headquarters will work assiduously towards making the Army golfers become full members of the IBB Golf Club, pledging to upgrade the Eagles Golf Course at Musa Yar’Adu Barracks in Abuja into a world-class golfing arena.
Present at the occasion were the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt. Gen LO Adeosun, Chief of Training and Operation, Maj Gen EO Udoh, Chief of Administration, Major Gen MS Yusuf, Chief of Military Intelligence, Maj Gen SA Adebayo, Chief of Civil – Military Affair, Major General S Mohammed, Director of Plans, Major Gen BO Sawyer, Acting Provost Marshall, Brig Gen H Ahmed and Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa among others.