Ahmed Buhari Bature: How outstanding cadet became distinguished young officer
Dignitaries, parents, guardians and invited guests present at the recently-concluded Passing Out Parade of the cadets of the 64 Regular Course of the Army, Navy and Air Force, the 65 Regular Course of the Navy and Air Force, and the Short Service Course 44 of the Army at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) where dazzled by a particular cadet who received the highest number of awards including the sword of honour which is given to the best overall cadet.
As the Master of Ceremony called out Cadet Ahmed Buhari Bature’s name as an award recipient, the crowd went wild with cheers and non-stop clapping as the cadet marched to where the reviewing officer was standing to receive his laurels. He practically swept all the awards on offer during the Passing Out Parade at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
Bature has been described as an exceptional cadet who will join cadets before him in the military hall of fame, as he has set a record.
An indigene of Sokoto State, the 22-yearold Bature is described by his course mates as charismatic, hardworking and highly disciplined, qualities which are visible in his appearance.
One of his course mates, Muhammad Abubakar said, “I have known Bature from day one when we gained entry into the NDA. He has always been a go-getter and he deserves the awards the he won because he is a very determined soldier, and he gives 100% to his duties.”
Some of the awards Bature has won include the ‘Indian Shield’, which is given to the best in cadet tactics; ‘Gold Medal Army’, which is given to the overall best among the army (cadets); and the ‘Golden Sword of Honour’, given to the best all-round cadet in academics, military courses, character and discipline.
Bature not only emerged the best in his department, as well as the final year of his training at the academy, but was also the Academy Cadet Adjutant (ACA). The ACA, according to military sources, is the most senior cadet, and more or less the de facto administrator of his set in the academy. He oversees all the affairs of his set and liaises with the military authorities in the academy on their behalf.
Daily Trust gathered that only cadets with exceptional all-round brilliance, and who have shown consistent promise in all areas of training, academics and discipline are chosen as ACA.
As reportedly the youngest ACA so far, Bature is said to have ‘administered’ over 2,300 cadets, possibly the largest ever in the history of the academy.
Bature has demonstrated brilliance at all levels of his academic pursuits, as he took regularly first or second positions in his class, a family source told Daily Trust in Sokoto. Third child of four children of his parents, three males and one female, Ahmed was raised by a disciplinarian father. Born on 25th December 1994, he went through the mandatory Islamiyya school before he was enrolled at Success Nursery School at an early age. He attended
Bature has been described as an exceptional cadet who will join cadets before him in the military hall of fame, as he has set a record As the Master of Ceremony called out Cadet Ahmed Buhari Bature’s name as an award recipient, the crowd went wild with cheers and nonstop clapping
Federal Staff primary school, Sokoto and Usmanu DanFodiyo University Secondary school, Sokoto.
Ahmed thereafter enrolled at the School of Matric, Usmanu Danfodiyo University before he proceeded to Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna. He was noted to have shown interest in computer studies hence his decision to study Computer Science.
Daily Trust gathered that as a child, Ahmed was very obedient. “He was also obsessed with his studies. He displayed right behaviour for a child of his age. He showed interest in military life because of two family members who during the holiday came home to interact with other family members,” a family member disclosed. He added: “There was something about Ahmed that endeared him to almost all family members and his mates. His parents are so proud of him, as well as the Sword of Honour and medal he received. The parents, and the whole family, all thank Allah for the performance of their child, while they urged him to remain resolute in the pursuit of excellence.”
Vice President, Prof. Femi Osinbajo, right, presents an award to NDA/9525 Cadet A. B. Bature, at the passing out parade of 64 Regular Course at the parade ground, NDA Permanent Site in Kaduna.