TUKUR YUSUF BURATAI INSTITUTE FOR WAR AND PEACE (TYBIWP)
NIGERIAN ARMY UNIVERSITY BIU
- In 2016, then Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai conceived an idea for the Nigerian Army (NA) to have a university of its own, to serve as a solution hub for technological and operational problems being faced by the NA, through research, innovation and development. He set machinery in place for the actualization of the laudable idea. In 2018, the Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB) became a reality, with approval for its establishment by Federal Executive Council, and endorsement by National Universities Commission.
- Earlier on in 2014 at the height of insurgency in the North East Nigeria, and before his appointment as COAS, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Buratai town and its environs twice. Then Maj Gen TY Buratai Farm House was target. The Farm House was riddled with bullets and burnt down, while the store and other farm implements were ransacked. When he was appointed COAS by Mr President in 2015, Lt Gen Buratai donated his Farm House in Buratai, along with large expanse of land to the NA. The bungalow in the Farm House was subsequently turned into a monument. In November 2017, the Farm House became Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency (CTCOIN) Museum, where relics, artifacts, documents and other materials related to the NA Counter Terrorism Operations in the North East, Operation LAFIYA DOLE now Operation HADIN KAI could be documented and achived for posterity. The crest of CTCOIN Museum is depicted below.
CTCOIN MUSEUM CREST
- It is global practice to set up centres of study that specialize in specific areas. For example, African Centre for Research and Strategic Studies in National Defence College Nigeria was set up to specialize in study of Peace Support Operations (PSO) and is African Union Centre of Excellence on PSO. The AREWA House is Centre of Excellence in the study of History of Northern Nigeria, under Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Pursuant to this practice and noting terrorism as a serious security challenge to Nigeria, then COAS conceived the idea of setting up a semi autonomous body under the NAUB, that would devote its attention to conducting research into all aspects of terrorism, ways of combating the challenge, and share its findings with the NA and other security agencies. This led to the establishment of Tukur Yusufu Buratai Counter Terrorism Centre (TYB CTC) in September 2019. The crest of TYB CTC is shown below.
TYB CTC CREST
- The purpose of this Information Brief is to give an insight in to formation of Tukur Buratai Institute for War and Peace (TBI WP). The Brief covers emergence of TBI WP, its crest, vision, mission, objectives, and organogram. It highlights TBI WP Journal, Lecture Series, conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as certificate courses being run by the Institute. Finally it shall highlight some civil military relations activities it undertook on thus far.
EMERGENCE OF TUKUR BURATAI INSTITUTE FOR WAR AND PEACE
- With the appointment of a substantive Vice Chancellor for NAUB in the person of Prof Kyari Mohammed and his efforts to reposition the University, he presented a Memorandum to the NAUB Governing Council where he made a strong case for TYB CTC to be turned into an Institute under the University. The Council in its sitting of 24 August 2020, approved the change in name, mandate and scope of the Centre to TBI WP, with a Director General (DG) as head. The Institute mandate was to conduct researches in all aspects of war peace and security; and come up with implementable strategies, for consideration by Appropriate Superior Authority. Brig Gen A Dadan-Garba (Rtd), the Director TYB CTC, was appointed pioneer DG of the Institute.
- The crest of the Institute was defined by the symbol of NAUB, depicting its importance in realization of motto of the university which is “Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation for National Self-Reliance.
- To be leading research hub on all aspects of War, Peace and Security in Nigeria, Africa and the world.
- To come up with practical and implementable solutions in addressing War, Peace and Security issues in Nigeria, Africa and the world through Research and Development
- The objectives of the Institute include study of:
- Causes of war, develop early warning mechanisms and proffer ways of pre empting wars.
- Should war break out, proffer ways of bringing it to quick conclusion through victory or bringing parties to negotiating table.
- Link between tactical, operational and strategic levels in campaigns, battles and wars.
- Terrorism, insurgency and ways of countering them.
- Rural banditry and urban violence such as armed banditry, cattle rustling, farmers-herders conflict, kidnapping for ransom armed robbery, cultism and gangsterism.
- Trans – National Organized crime and drugs.
- Humanitarian and human rights issues.
- Gender issues in peace and conflicts.
- Disaster Management.
- Search and Rescue.
- Training, collaboration and synergy among and between Services & agencies.
- Documenting events, articles, artifacts, equipments, structures, pictures and documents through library, museums, monuments and archives.
- Cyber space and ways of securing it.
- Strategy and Strategic Communication.
- Peace Support Operations and Peace Building.
- Disarmament, Demobilization Reintegration and Reconstruction.
- TBI WP has secured approval to:
- Launched Annual Tukur Buratai Institute Lecture Series, starting with “Leadership in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism Environment” delivered by then COAS, Lt Gen TY Buratai on 29 August 2020
- Launch Tukur Buratai Institute for War and Peace Journal
- Conduct Seminars, Conferences and Workshops on quarterly basis.
- Conduct Capsule Courses commencing with “Disaster and Rescue Management Course 1/21“ organized in conjunction with HQ TRADOC and AHQ DATOPS for personnel of military and other paramilitary agencies which graduated on 26 March 2021. The Instituted has hosted dignitaries such as: Chief of Army Staff Gov Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno StatE Op HADIN KAI Theatre Commander and other Commanders at various levels
CIVIL MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS
- The Institute engages in CIMIC activities:
- Donation of desks, tables, chairs, computers, printers to schools.
- Participation in community activities.
- Organizing sports among schools.
- Providing food stuffs and clothing to IDPs.
- Engaging community Youths.
- Securing employment for the youth in the Community.