Defence Minister of Nigeria

The Minister of Defence of Nigeria is the Federal Executive Council cabinet official who leads the Defence Ministry of Nigeria. The Defence Minister's main responsibility is to manage all branches of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to maintain a modern, competent, and professional military force for the protection of the national territory, maritime interests, airspace, and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


The Minister of Defence, is appointed by the President of Nigeria with the consent of the Senate.

Schedule of duties

  • Maintaining a mission-ready military on land, sea and air.
  • Maintaining a proper balance in arms and men to meet the needs of internal and external security;
  • Enhance the capabilities of the country's Defence Industries.
  • Ensure 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
  • Participation in peacekeeping missions through the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Ministers of Defence

Name Term
First Nigerian Republic
Muhammadu Ribadu 1960–1965
Inuwa Wada 1965–1966
Nigerian military junta of 1966–1979
Yakubu Gowon 1966–1975
Illiya Bisalla 1975–1976
Olusegun Obasanjo 1976–1979
Second Nigerian Republic
Iya Abubakar 1979–1981
Akanbi Oniyangi 1981–1983
Nigerian military junta of 1983–1999
Domkat Bali 1984–1990
Sani Abacha August 1990–November 1993
Fourth Nigerian Republic
Theophilus Danjuma 1999–2003
Rabiu Kwankwaso 2003–2007
Yayale Ahmed 2007–2008
Shettima Mustapha 2008–2009
Godwin Abbe 2009–2010
Adetokunbo Kayode 2010–2011
Haliru Mohammed Bello July 2011–June 2012
Olusola Obada July 2012–September 2013
Labaran Maku (Supervising)[1] September 2013–March 2014
Aliyu Mohammed Gusau March 2014–May 2015
Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali November 2015–May 2019
Bashir Salihi Magashi August 2019–present


  1. ^ "Maku takes over as supervising Minister of Defence". Vanguard News. 2013-09-14. Retrieved 2020-07-02.

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