List of Past and Present Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, the chief of Army staff is appointed by the Commander-in-chief of the Army Forces of Nigeria, which is also occupied by the most senior commissioned officer. The Chief of army Staff is to report to the Chief of Defence staff, who will also report to the Defence Minister before getting to the president. The chief of Army staff is the highest ranking of the Nigerian Army. His duty is to formulate and execute policies towards the highest attainment of National security and operational competence of the force.

Chiefs of the Nigerian Army

The table below shows the List of Past and Present Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria (General Officer Commanding (GOC) later to Chief of Army Staff (COAS)).

S/N Chiefs of the Nigerian Army Period Title
1 Maj Gen Kenneth G. Exham 1956–1959
2 Maj Gen Foster 1959-1963 GOC
3 Maj Gen John Alexander Mackenzie 1963 GOC
4 Maj Gen Sir Christopher Welby-Everard 1963–1965 GOC
5 Maj Gen Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi 1965–1966 GOC
6 Lt Col Yakubu Gowon FSS 1966 -1966 COAS
7 Lt Col Joseph Akahan OFR FSS 1967 -1968 COAS
8 Maj Gen Hassan Katsina rcds psc 1968 -1971 COAS
9 Maj Gen David Ejoor 1971 -1975 COAS
10 Lt Gen Theophilus Danjuma 1975 – 1979 COAS
11 Lt Gen Ipoola Alani Akinrinade CFR FSS 1979 – 1980 COAS
12 Lt Gen Gibson Jalo CFR FSS JSS 1980 – 1981 COAS
13 Lt Gen Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi CFR FSS 1981 – 1983 COAS
14 Maj Gen Ibrahim Babangida 1984 – 1985 COAS
15 Lt Gen Sani Abacha GCON, DSS mni 1985 – 1990 COAS
16 Lt Gen Salihu Ibrahim FSS FHWC 1990 – 1993 COAS
17 Lt Gen Aliyu Gusau Mohammed DSS rcds 1993 – 1993 COAS
18 Maj Gen Chris Alli CRG DSS ndc psc(+) 1993 – 1994 COAS
19 Maj Gen Alwali Kazir DSS Usawc psc(+) 1994 – 1996 COAS
20 Lt Gen Ishaya Bamaiyi DSS Usawc psc(+) 1996 – 1999 COAS
21 Lt Gen Victor Malu DSS mni fwc psc 1999 – 2001 COAS
22 Lt Gen Alexander Ogomudia 2001 – 2003 COAS
23 Lt Gen Martin Luther Agwai 2003 – 2006 COAS
24 Lt Gen Owoye Andrew Azazi 2006 – 2007 COAS
25 Lt Gen Luka Yusuf CFR GSS GPP DSO psc(+) fwc Msc 2007 – 2008 COAS
26 Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau CFR GSS psc ndc fwc(+) PhD  2008 – 2010 COAS
27 Lt Gen Onyabor Azubuike Ihejirika CFR GSS psc(+) fwc fniqs 2010 – 2014 COAS
28 Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah GSS psc(+) fwc 2014 – 2015 COAS
29 Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai NAM GSS psc(+) ndc (BD) 2015 – COAS

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