Chief of the Defence Staff (Nigeria)

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The Chief of Defence Staff is the highest ranking military officer of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is occupied by the most senior commissioned officer appointed by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The position was established for the first time under Nigeria's 1979 constitution.

The Chief of Defence Staff reports to the commander-in-Chief with administrative supervision of the Honourable Minister of Defence. It is the duty and responsibility of the CDS to formulate and execute policies, programmes towards the highest attainment of National Security and operational competence of the Armed Forces namely; the Army, Navy and Air Force. The CDS is assisted by the other Service Chiefs:

List of Chief of the Defence Staff[edit]

Chief of Defence Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Ipoola Alani Akinrinade
Akinrinade, Ipoola AlaniLieutenant General
Ipoola Alani Akinrinade
(born 1939)
April 19802 October 19811 year, 6 months Nigerian Army
2
Gibson Jalo
Jalo, GibsonLieutenant General
Gibson Jalo
(1939–2000)
2 October 198131 December 19832 years, 90 days Nigerian Army
3
Domkat Bali
Bali, DomkatGeneral
Domkat Bali
(born 1940)
1 January 198410 January 19906 years, 9 days Nigerian Army
4
Sani Abacha
Abacha, SaniGeneral
Sani Abacha
(1943–1998)
10 January 199017 November 19933 years, 311 days Nigerian Army
5
Oladipo Diya
Diya, OladipoLieutenant General
Oladipo Diya
(born 1944)
17 November 199321 December 19974 years, 34 days Nigerian Army
6
Abdulsalami Abubakar
Abubakar, AbdulsalamiGeneral
Abdulsalami Abubakar
(born 1942)
21 December 19979 June 1998170 days Nigerian Army
7
Al-Amin Daggash
Daggash, Al-AminAir Marshal
Al-Amin Daggash
(born 1943)
9 June 199829 May 1999354 days Nigerian Air Force
8
Ibrahim Ogohi
Ogohi, IbrahimAdmiral
Ibrahim Ogohi
29 May 199927 June 20034 years, 29 days Nigerian Navy
9
Alexander Ogomudia
Ogomudia, AlexanderGeneral
Alexander Ogomudia
(born 1949)
27 June 20031 June 20063 years, 26 days Nigerian Army
10
Martin Luther Agwai
Agwai, Martin LutherGeneral
Martin Luther Agwai
(born 1948)
1 June 200625 May 2007358 days Nigerian Army
11
Owoye Andrew Azazi
Azazi, Owoye AndrewGeneral
Owoye Andrew Azazi
(1953–2012)
25 May 200720 August 20081 year, 118 days Nigerian Army
12
Paul Dike
Dike, PaulAir Chief Marshal
Paul Dike
20 August 20088 September 20101 year, 353 days Nigerian Air Force
13
Oluseyi Petinrin
Petinrin, OluseyiAir Chief Marshal
Oluseyi Petinrin
(born 1955)
8 September 20105 October 20122 years, 27 days Nigerian Air Force
14
Ola Ibrahim
Ibrahim, OlaAdmiral
Ola Ibrahim
(born 1955)
5 October 201216 January 20141 year, 103 days Nigerian Navy
15
Alex Sabundu Badeh
Badeh, Alex SabunduAir Chief Marshal
Alex Sabundu Badeh
(born 1957)
16 January 201413 July 20151 year, 178 days Nigerian Air Force
16
Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin
Olonisakin, Abayomi GabrielGeneral
Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin
(born 1961)
13 July 2015Incumbent2 years, 360 days Nigerian Army

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