Profile of The Chief of Defence Staff

The office of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is the highest office in the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN). The CDS superintends over the 3 services of the AFN, viz. Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air force. In this capacity, the CDS, as the foremost military commander in Nigeria, requires personal dynamism and charisma capable of moulding the AFN into an efficient professional fighting force.
The current CDS, General Christopher Gwabin Musa was born on 25 December 1967 in Sokoto in the defunct North-Western State (now Sokoto State) Nigeria. He hails from Zangon Kataf, southern Kaduna State, Nigeria.
In 1974, Musa attended Marafa Danbaba Primary School Sokoto, and left to Model Primary School Dorowa Road Sokoto in 1978 where he remained until 1980. He underwent training in a Vocational Training Centre in Gaummi, Sokoto between 1980 and 1981.
In 1981, he was enrolled into Federal Government College, Sokoto, completing his O levels in 1985. He was part of the National Cadet Corps while enrolled there. He was admitted to the College of Advanced Studies, Zaria, and was there until 1986.
In 1986, Musa was enrolled into the Nigerian Defence Academy, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) on graduation in 1991 and got commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a 2nd Lieutenant.
In September 1991, he enrolled as a member of the 38th Regular Course 21 in the Nigerian Defence Academy and underwent a Mechanical Transportation Officers Course in 1992.
In 1993, Musa went through the Young Officers Course in Infantry, the Regimental Signal Officers Course in 1998, and 2000, a Junior Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. Between 2004 and 2005, he went through a Senior Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji. Between 2007 and 2008, he earned an Advanced Diploma in Security Management from University of Lagos.
Between 2012 and 2013, Musa obtained an Advanced Diploma in Defence and Strategies Course, and a Masters of Science (Military Science), International College of Defence Studies, National Defence University (ICDS-NDU), Changping, China.
In 2017, Musa went through a Combined Joint Land Component Commander’s Course on Leadership, US Army War College.
General CG Musa has held several appointments in the course of his career. Notable amongst which are General Staff Officer 1, Training/Operations at HQ 81 Division, Commanding Officer 73 Battalion, Assistant Director Operational Requirements at Department of Army Policy and Plans, Infantry Representative/Member Training Team at HQ Nigerian Army Armour Corps.
In 2019, he was also the Deputy Chief, Staff Training/Operations, headquarters Infantry Centre and Corps, Commander Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole, Commander Sector 3 Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Tchad Region.
In 2021, CG Musa was the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai. Until his appointment as the Chief of Defence Staff he was Commander, Nigerian Army Infantry Corps.