Ahmed Buhari Ba­ture: How out­stand­ing cadet be­came dis­tin­guished young of­fi­cer

Weekly Trust - - News - Maryam Ah­madu-Suka (Kaduna) & Rakiya Mo­hammed (Sokoto)

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.

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