Defence Minister of Nigeria

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The Minister of Defence of Nigeria is a senior cabinet official in the Nigerian Federal Executive Council in charge of the Nigerian Ministry of Defence. The Defence Minister's main responsibility is to manage all branches of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to maintain a modern, competent, and professional military force for the protection of the national territory, maritime interests, airspace, and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


The Minister of Defence is first appointed by the President of Nigeria; this appointment is then subject to ratification by the Senate under Section 147 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution.

Schedule of duties[edit]

  • Maintaining a mission-ready military on land, sea and air.
  • Maintaining a proper balance in arms and men to meet the needs of internal and external security;
  • Enhance the capabilities of the country’s Defence Industries.
  • Ensure security in the African continent by the promotion of a collective defence system through bilateral, sub-regional and continental co-operation to ward off external aggression and to attain the African objective of the national foreign policy
  • Participation in peacekeeping missions through the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Ministers of Defence[edit]

Name Term
Iliya Bisalla 1975–1976
Iya Abubakar 1979–1981
Akanbi Oniyangi 1981 to 1983
Domkat Bali 1984 to 1990
Sani Abacha 1990–1994
Theophilus Danjuma 1999–2003
Rabiu Kwankwaso 2003–2007
Thomas I. Aguiyi-Ironsi 2006–2007
Yayale Ahmed 2007–2008
Shettima Mustapha 2008–2009
Godwin Abbe 2009–2010
Adetokunbo Kayode 2010–2011
Haliru Mohammed Bello 2011 July–2012 June
Olusola Obada 2012 July–2013 September
Aliyu Mohammed Gusau March 2014-May 2015
Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali October 2015-to date


Lawal Adewale Pending