Ibrahim Mahmud Alfa

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Ibrahim Mahmud Alfa
Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria
In office
July 1978 – October 1979
Preceded by Muktar Muhammed
Succeeded by Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa
Chief of the Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force
In office
January 1984 – 1990
Preceded by Abdullahi Dominic Bello
Succeeded by Nuraini Yussuff
Personal details
Born August 14 , 1946
Adamawa State, Nigeria
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Service/branch NAF LOGO.jpg Nigerian Air Force
Years of service 1963-1990
Rank Air Marshal

Ibrahim Mahmud Alfa (14 August 1946 – 16 March 2000) was a Nigerian air marshal. He was retired from military service in 1990. He died on 16 March 2000.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Garkida, Adamawa State, he started his educational career at the Central Primary School, Jimeta, Yola, in 1948 and went on to complete his primary and secondary school education in 1960 at Yola Middle School, later known as the Provincial Secondary School. Soon after his graduation, he enrolled for his Higher School Certificate (HSC) course in Barewa College, Zaria, which he completed in 1962.

Military career[edit]

On 28 August 1963, he was flown, along with 83 other Nigerians, to Uetersen, Germany, for training. He was in Germany until 21 June 1966, when he was recalled home with the team and commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as an officer with the rank of second lieutenant. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he commanded the NAF Detachment in Benin.

He was appointed a member of the Supreme Military Council in 1975 as one of its younger members, with the rank of group captain.

In 1981, Alfa was appointed the Air Officer Operations (AOO), with the rank of air commodore. [2]

Military Administrator of Kaduna[edit]

In July 1978, Alfa was appointed military Administrator (position now called Governor) of Kaduna State, a position he held until October 1979.

Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air force[edit]

Alfa was appointed the eighth Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force, under General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime on 1 January 1984. He was retained as Chief of Air Staff during General Ibrahim Babangida’s administration until 1990.

He was also a member of the supreme military council from 1983-85, the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) 1985-90 as well as the chairman of the National Transition Committee.


Air Marshal Alfa (Rtd.) received several awards and medals, they include:

  • Defence Service Medal,
  • National Service Medal,
  • Republic Medal,
  • General Service Medal, the
  • Distinguished Flying Star
  • Distinguished Service Medals
  • In May 1999 he was awarded the national honour of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR).