#BurataiGate: Nigerians Take To Twitter As Military Admits Chief Owns Million $ Properties In Dubai


Nigerians have taken to twitter following a breaking news headline by SaharaReporters and the admission by the Nigerian military acting director army public relations, Sani K. Usman that the chief of Army, Lt. general Tukur Yusuf Buratai owns two properties in Dubai worth as much as a million dollars.

The military in an official statement in a usurped capacity defending a personal issue of its boss, said:

“The allegations contained in the Sahara Reporters write up are baseless and not correct. It is a fact that the Buratai family have two properties in Dubai that were paid for instalmentally through personal savings three years ago. This, along with other personal assets have consistently been declared by General Buratai in his Assets Declaration Form as Commander Multinational Joint Task Force Commander and as Chief of Army Staff.”

While SaharaReporters had reported on a single house valued at $490,ooo. The army revealed that its chief had two and not one property in Dubai, bought in 2014 at the height of the Dasuki scandal.

Nigerians with hashtag #BurataiGate asked, how can a then major general with a monthly income of just N700,000 ($3500) save up hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy property abroad?

While the army spokesman had attempted to cover-up the appointment of the current army chief as director of procurement as relayed in the breaking media report, Nigerians twitted images of the chief while he presented papers in the capacity of army procurement boss.