Brief on Nigeria’s new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru

Major General Ibrahim Attahiru was born on 10 August 1966 in Doka, Kaduna North Local Government Area, Kaduna State. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Armed Forces Command and Staff College and Nigerian School of Infantry. He commenced cadets training in January 1984 and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in December 1986 as an Infantry Officer.

General Attahiru has held several appointments on the staff, instructional and in command in the course of his military career.  He had a tour of duty with the United Nations in Sierra Leone as a Military Observer, where he facilitated United Kingdom military engagement, Operation BARASS in September 2000.  He was an Operations and later Company Commander in NIBATT 19 ECOMOG Operations in Liberia. Also, he had the unique privilege of having commanded with distinction all through the chain of command in the Nigerian Army. Prominent among these appointments are Commanding 146 Battalion Nigerian Army (Operation HARMONY IV) in the Bakassi Peninsula, Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army (Operation PULO SHIELD), General Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army.  He was one time Theatre Commander Operation LAFIA DOLE (the Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Outfit in North Eastern Nigeria).  It is on that he brought relative stability to the region with the surrender of several Boko Haram combatants.

On the staff, he was unit Adjutant, 7 Battalion Nigerian Army, Sarti.  Chief of Staff, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army, Sokoto. General Staff Grade 1 Training/Operations and as well as Staff Duties/Plans at the Headquarters 1, 2 and 81 Divisions of the Nigerian Army.  He was Deputy Director Military Secretary 2 at the AHQ MS (A) and one-time Director Public Relations and Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army.  He was later Director Staff Duties and Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans at the Headquarters.  He was equally privileged to serve as Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation and Chief of Defence Logistics at the apex organ of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Defence Headquarters Abuja.  In that position he worked with the US Defence Logistics Agency on the Vertically Integrated Logistics Approach (VILA) Programme towards enhancing the readiness in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

On the Instructional, he was privileged to be an Instructor at the Depot Nigerian Army, Nigerian Defence Academy and the Nigerian School of Infantry.  He was later a Directing Staff and Chief Instructor at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji-Nigeria.

General Attahiru has been exposed to leadership and professional development programmes at globally renowned institutions.  He was at the Defence College Kenya the Defence Management and Security Studies Course and at the Peoples Liberation Special Forces Academy Shijiazhuang-Hubei Province, China the and Advanced Special/Operations Commando Forces Courses.  He has undertaken leadership and security policy courses at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University USA, Graduate School of Media and Communication, Agha Khan University Kenya, Bournemouth University Management Center and the Geneva Centre Security Policy.

The General has several honours and awards to his credit.  He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Masters of Science in Human Resources Management and Development from Salford University in the United Kingdom and Graduate Diploma in International Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

The General is happily married and blessed with children.