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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is the highest ranking officer in the Nigerian Army. The Chief of Army (COAS) is appointed by the Commander-in-Chief and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) reports to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

These are sequential list of past and present Nigeria Chief of Army Staff (COAS)

1.

Maj. Gen. Johnson Ummunakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi.

Jan. 1965 – Jan. 15, 1966

2.

Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon

Jan. 1966 – July 1966

3.

Lt. Col. Joseph Akahan

May 1967 – May 1968

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4.

Maj. Gen. Hassan Usman Katsina

May 1968 – Jan. 1971

5.

Maj. Gen. David Akpode Ejoor

Jan. 1971 – Jul. 1975

6.

Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma

Jul. 1975 – Oct. 1979

7.

Lt. Gen. Alani Ipoola Akinrinade

Later Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

Oct. 1979 – Apr. 1980

8.

Lt. Gen. Gibson Jalo

Later Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

Apr. 1980 – Oct. 1981

9.

Lt. Gen. Muhammed Inuwa Wushishi

Oct. 1981 – 1983

10.

Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Jan. 1984 – Aug. 1985

11.

Lt. Gen. Sani Abacha

Aug. 1990 – Sept. 1993

12.

Lt. Gen. Aliyu Muhammed Gusau

Sept. 1993 – Nov. 1993

14.

Maj. Gen. Chris Alli

Nov. 1993 – Aug. 1994

15.

Maj. Gen. Alwali Kazir

Aug. 1994 – Mar. 1996

16.

Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamayi

Mar. 1996 – May, 1999

17.

Lt. Gen. Victor malu

May 1999 – Apr. 2001

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18.

Lt. Gen. Alexander Ogomudia

Later Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

Apr. 2001 – June 2003

19.

Lt. Gen. Marthin Luther Agwai

June 2003 – June 2006

20.

Lt. Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi

Later Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

June 2006 – May 2007

21.

Lt. Gen. Luka Yusuf

June 2007 – Aug. 2008

22.

Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau

Aug. 2008 – Sept. 2010

23.

Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika

Sept. 2010 – Jan. 2014

24.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah

Jan. 2014 – Jul. 2015

25.

Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai

July 2015 – Jan. 2021

26.

Lt. Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim

Jan. 2021 – May 2021

27.

Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya

May 2021 Till Date.

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