Full biography of Major General Faruk Yahaya – Nigeria’s new Chief of Army Staff

Who is Major General Faruk Yahaya?

Major General Faruk Yahaya is a Nigerian Major General who was appointed as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 27, 2021.

Faruk Yahaya is replacing late Ibrahim Attahiru who died in an air crash in Kaduna on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Full data profile of Major General Faruk Yahaya

Full nameFaruk Yahaya
Army numberN/9048
Age55 years
BirthdayJanuary 5, 1966
State of OriginSokoto
Local GovernmentBodinga
Marital statusMarried
Number of children4
LanguagesEnglish, Hausa, Arabic and

Faruk Yahaya Childhood

Faruk Yahaya was born on January 5, 1966, in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State. He is currently 55 years old.

Faruk Yahaya Education

Faruk Yahaya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

Faruk Yahaya Military Career

Faruk Yahaya started his cadet training at the NDA on 27 September 1985 at the age of 19. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on 22 September 1990.

Prior to his appointment as COAS, Major General Faruk Yahaya served as the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, the counter-terrorism military operation in the North East.

He also served as the Principal General Staff Officer (PGSO) to the Honourable Minister of Defence, the Commander, Headquarters 4 Brigade and 29 Task Force Brigade (Operation Zaman Lafiya).

Faruk Yahaya wife and family

Faruk Yahaya is married with four children.

Faruk Yahaya honours and awards

Some of Faruk Yahaya’s notable honours and awards in the Army include:

  • Forces Service Star
  • Meritorious Service Star
  • Distinguished Service Star
  • Grand Service Star
  • Passed staff course (Dagger)
  • National Defence Course (Chile)
  • Economic Community of West Africa State Monitoring Group Medal
  • Command Medal, Field Command Medal
  • General Operations Medal
  • Silver Jubilee Medal and
  • Golden Jubilee Medal.
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