Full Details of The Service Chiefs In Nigeria


In July 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari named a new set of service Chiefs for the Nigerian Armed forces after doing away with those loyal to the former President Goodluck Jonathan.


The newly appointed service Chiefs as at then, who still hold their positions presently are Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, Major General T.Y. Buratai, Rear Admiral Ibok Ete Ekwe Ibas and Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar was appointed as Chief of Air Staff. Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas was appointed as the Chief of Naval Staff. Major General T.Y.
Buratai was appointed as Chief of Army Staff. Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin was appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff.

President Buhari’s other appointments were the appointment Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku as Chief of Defence Intelligence and Major-General Babagana Montana (Rtd) as National Security Adviser.

Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, Nigeria’s current number one Service Chief who is currently the Chief of Defence Staff hails from Ekiti-State, Nigeria. He was formerly Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Nigerian Army. He held that position from September 2013 to July 2015.


He was also Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Signals, an office he occupied from January 2013 to September 2013. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigerian Defence Academy and Nigerian Military School. He has been in service since 1979.

Major General T.Y. Buratai is Nigeria’s number one soldier. He hails from Borno State. He was appointed Chief of Army Staff on July 13, 2015. He was preceded by Lt. General Kenneth Minimah. Before his appointment as Chief of Army Staff, he was the Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force.

He was born on 24th November, 1960. He graduated from University of Maiduguri after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy. He joined the army in 1981. His present rank is Lieutenant-General.

He has been involved in the battle against Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeastern part of Nigeria since he assumed office as the Chief of Army Staff.

Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas is Nigeria’s number one Naval officer and the current 22nd Chief of Naval Staff in Nigeria. He came into office on July 13th. He was preceded by Admiral U.O. Jibrin. He joined the Nigerian Navy in 1979.
He was formerly the commander, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command Chief Staff Officer and Naval Training Command. He hails from Cross River State, Nigeria.

He was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant in 1983. He and General Abayomi Olonishakin were school mates in the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Navy Holdings Limited.

Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar was born on April 8, 1960. He is the number one Air Force officer in Nigeria and the present Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Airforce. He assumed office as the Chief of Sir staff on July 13 th 2015. His predecessor was Air Vice Marshal Amosu.

He hails from Bauchi State, Nigeria. He attended St. Paul’s Primary School, Bauchi and later Government Secondary School, Bauchi before joining the Nigerian Airforce on November 1979.
He had a diploma in Public Administration and also Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Additionally, he has a Masters of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.
He was formerly the Chief of Standards and Evaluation at NAF Headquarters. Also, he was formerly Chief of Defense Communication and also Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command.

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