President Bola Tinubu has announced the appointment of Christopher Musa, a major general, as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Taoreed Lagbaja, a major general, as the Chief of Army Staff.
Emmanuel Ogalla, a rear admiral, has been appointed as the Chief of Naval Staff, and Hassan Abubakar, an Air vice marshal, as the Chief of Air Staff. Additionally, Emmanuel Undiandeye, a major general, has been appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence, among other appointments.
The newly appointed CDS, Mr. Musa, was born on 25 December 1967 in Sokoto and hailed from Zangon Kataf in Kaduna State. He belongs to the 38th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on 21 September 1991. Mr. Musa holds a Masters’s in Defence Studies from the National Defence University in Beijing, China.
He has served in various command roles throughout his military career and has been actively involved in counter-terrorism operations against Boko Haram and ISWAP for over a decade. Before he was appointed CDS, he served as the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai in the northeast.
The newly appointed COAS, Mr. Lagbaja, hails from Ilobu in Osun State and is a member of the 39th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from NDA Kaduna and a Master’s from the U.S. Army War College. Before becoming the COAS, Mr. Lagbaja served as the Chief of Operation (Army). He held command positions in various military operations, including those in the Bakassi Peninsula, the Democratic Republic of Congo under the United Nations mission, and in Benue, the northeast, and the South East during internal security operations.
The new Chief of Naval Staff comes from Enugu Ezike in Enugu State and is a member of the 39th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was born in 1968 and previously served as the Director of Lessons Learnt at the Naval Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans. Mr. Ogalla has extensive command experience and has participated in numerous domestic and international courses.
The new CAS, Mr. Abubakar, was born on 11 September 1970 and hailed from Shanono Local Government Area in Kano State. He joined the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) as a member of the 39th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 19 September 1992. Before his appointment, he held the Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command position and has undergone various training courses.
Mr. Abubakar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna, attended flying training courses at the 301 Flying Training School Kaduna, and obtained a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
The new Chief of Defence Intelligence, Mr. Undiandeye, hails from Bedia in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State. Before his appointment, he served as the Commandant of the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre in Jaji, Kaduna State.
Mr. Undiandeye is a member of the Intelligence Corps of the Nigerian Army and has actively contributed to developing the United Nations Infantry Battalion Manual (UNIBAM) as part of the Troop Contributing Countries Working Group.