Meet Nigeria's First and Youngest Chief of Army Staff

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Meet Nigeria's First and Youngest Chief of Army Staff
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Meet Nigeria's First and Youngest Chief of Army Staff

Since 1966 to date, Nigeria has produced 25 Chief of Army Staff. The office of Chief of Army Staff is the highest position in the Nigerian army. Appointment to the office is usually done by the president who is the Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed forces.

The incumbent Chief of Army Staff, COAS, for short, is Major General Attairu. He's the 25th Nigerian to occupy the exalted office . The first Nigerian to occupy the position since Nigeria's independence was General Yakubu Gowon. Gowon was the youngest Chief of Army Staff in office from January 1966 to July 1966. He became COAS at the age of 31.
Gowon joined the Nigerian Army in 1954, and received his commission as a second lieutenant on October 19,1955 at the tender age of 21.

According to Wikipedia, General Gowon was trained at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK from 1955 to 1956. In 1962, he attended Staff College, Camberley, UK in 1962. In 1965, he finished from the Joint Staff College, Latimer. Yakubu Gowon also attended the University of Warwick.
From 1966 to 1975, Yakubu served as the 3rd head of state of Nigeria and led the Nigerian army to defeat the Biafra war.

When I was in primary school, I remember this song : "Ojukwu wanted to scatter Nigeria, but Gowon said Nigeria must be one." The song was composed in his honour after he led the Nigerian army to stop the Biafra secessionist movement led by Ojukwu.


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