Nigerian Ministry of Defence

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The Nigerian Ministry of Defence is the government department charged with ensuring Nigeria's national security. It consists of the defence services headquarters, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Navy, and other defence agencies and departments. The current Minister of Defence is Mansur Dan Ali.


"To provide administrative and support services, timely and effective to enable the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to build and maintain a modern, compact, strong, professional, mission-capable and mission-ready armed forces for the defence of national territory, maritime interest, airspace and the protection and defence of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and to contribute to peace-making and peace-keeping duties worldwide under sub-regional and global organizations of which Nigeria is a member".[citation needed]

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Ministry of Defence which are derived from the National Defence Policy are as follows:[citation needed]

Maintaining men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in a state of combat readiness on land, sea and air.

Maintaining a proper balance in arms and men to meet the needs of internal and external security;

Making provision for the welfare of the men of the Armed Forces in terms of training, accommodation, health care and other benefits aimed at boosting their morale.

Enhancing the capability and sophistication of the country’s Defence Industries in order to reduce the country's dependence on foreign sources of supply.

Ensuring security in the African continent by the promotion of a collective defence system through bilateral, sub-regional and continental co-operation to ward off external aggression and to attain the African objective of the national foreign policy; and

Contributing towards peace and stability in the world as a whole through the United Nations Organisation (UNO), African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Ministers of Defence

Name Term
Iliya Bisalla 1975–1976
Iya Abubakar 1979–1981
Akanbi Oniyangi 1981 to 1983
Domkat Bali 1984 to 1990
Sani Abacha 1990–1994
Theophilus Danjuma 1999–2003
Rabiu Kwankwaso 2003–2007
Thomas I. Aguiyi-Ironsi 2006–2007
Yayale Ahmed 2007–2008
Shettima Mustapha 2008–2009
Godwin Abbe 2009–2010
Adetokunbo Kayode 2010–2011
Haliru Mohammed Bello 2011 July–2012 June
Olusola Obada 2012 July–2013 September
Aliyu Mohammed Gusau March 2014-May 2015
Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali October 2015-to date

Operational Departments

  • Joint Services
  • Army Affairs
  • Navy Affairs
  • Air Force Affairs
  • Human Resources Management
  • Finance and Accounts

Other Defence Agencies and Organisations