Chief of the Defence Staff (Nigeria)

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 of Nigeria. The position was established for the first time under Nigeria's 1979 constitution.

Chief of the Defence Staff
Standard of the Nigerian Defence Forces
General Abayomi Olonisakin

since 13 July 2015
Ministry of Defence
Reports toMinister of Defence
AppointerPresident of Nigeria
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Nigeria
FormationApril 1980
First holderIpoola Alani Akinrinade

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

No. Chief of Defence StaffTook officeLeft officeTime in officeDefence branch
Akinrinade, Ipoola AlaniLieutenant General
Ipoola Alani Akinrinade
April 19802 October 19811 year, 6 months Nigerian Army
Jalo, GibsonLieutenant General
Gibson Jalo
2 October 198131 December 19832 years, 90 days Nigerian Army
Bali, DomkatGeneral
Domkat Bali
1 January 198410 January 19906 years, 9 days Nigerian Army
Abacha, SaniGeneral
Sani Abacha
10 January 199017 November 19933 years, 311 days Nigerian Army
Diya, OladipoLieutenant General
Oladipo Diya
17 November 199321 December 19974 years, 34 days Nigerian Army
Abubakar, AbdulsalamiGeneral
Abdulsalami Abubakar
21 December 19979 June 1998170 days Nigerian Army
Daggash, Al-AminAir Marshal
Al-Amin Daggash
9 June 199829 May 1999354 days Nigerian Air Force
Ogohi, IbrahimAdmiral
Ibrahim Ogohi
29 May 199927 June 20034 years, 29 days Nigerian Navy
Ogomudia, AlexanderGeneral
Alexander Ogomudia
27 June 20031 June 20063 years, 26 days Nigerian Army
Agwai, Martin LutherGeneral
Martin Luther Agwai
1 June 200625 May 2007358 days Nigerian Army
Azazi, Owoye AndrewGeneral
Owoye Andrew Azazi
25 May 200720 August 20081 year, 118 days Nigerian Army
Dike, PaulAir Chief Marshal
Paul Dike
20 August 20088 September 20101 year, 353 days Nigerian Air Force
Petinrin, OluseyiAir Chief Marshal
Oluseyi Petinrin
8 September 20105 October 20122 years, 27 days Nigerian Air Force
Ibrahim, OlaAdmiral
Ola Ibrahim
5 October 201216 January 20141 year, 103 days Nigerian Navy
Badeh, Alex SabunduAir Chief Marshal
Alex Sabundu Badeh
16 January 201413 July 20151 year, 178 days Nigerian Air Force
Olonisakin, Abayomi GabrielGeneral
Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin
13 July 2015Incumbent4 years, 146 days Nigerian Army


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