Tukur Buratai Biography, Age, Education, Career and Net Worth

Tukur Buratai Biography

Tukur Yusuf Buratai is a Nigerian Army Officer, diplomat and former Chief of Army Staff. He is the Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic. Tukur Yusuf Buratai was born on 24 November 1960.

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Tukur Buratai

Real Name

Tukur Yusuf Buratai

Date of Birth

November 24, 1960


62 years  (2022)

State of Origin

Borno State








Army Officer


Lieutenant General


Ummul Kalsum Tukur Buratai

Net Worth

$5 million

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Educational Background

Tukur Buratai Education

Tukur Yusuf Buratai attended primary education in Buratai town and thereafter gained admission to Government Teachers College Potiskum, Yobe State.

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He holds a degree in History from University of Maiduguri and a degree in Philosophy from Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka.

Buratai is a graduate of National Defence College, Mirpur, Bangladesh.


Tukur Buratai Career and Rank

Tukur Yusuf Buratai joined the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna as a member of the 29 Regular Combatant Course (29 RC).

In December 1983, Tukur Buratai was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army.

Tukur Buratai served with the 26 Amphibious Battalion Elele, Port Harcourt, Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission II in Angola and later to 26 Guards Battalion, Lagos; Lagos Garrison Command.

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Tukur Buratai was an administrative officer at the State House, Abuja; 82 Motorized Battalion; 81 Battalion, Bakassi Peninsular; Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja.

He was a Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and the Assistant Chief of Staff Administrative Matters, HQ Infantry Centre Jaji.

He served at Army Headquarters Dept of Army Policy and Plans, Abuja.

Tukur Buratai was the Director Dept of Land Warfare at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

Tukur Buratai was appointed the Commander 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, doubling as Commander, Sector 2 JTF Operation PULO SHIELD.

Upon promotion to the rank of Major General, he was appointed Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji and later the Director of Procurement Defence Headquarters.

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Tukur Buratai was the Force Commander of the newly reconstituted Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTNF) under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Benin Republic.

In 2015, Tukur Buratai was appointed the Chief of Army Staff by President Buhari. He held the position till January 2021 when he retired from the Army.

Buratai was appointed the Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic by President Buhari.

Personal life

Tukur Buratai Wife and Sons

Tukur Yusuf Buratai is married to Ummul Kalsum Tukur Buratai with children. His son Tukur Yusuf Buratai is a pilot. He is a Muslim of Fulani origin, from Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.

Tukur Buratai Net Worth

Tukur Buratai Net Worth

Tukur Buratai net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

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