Lieutenant General Attahiru Ibrahim was born on August 10, 1966. He became the 25th Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army on January 26, 2021.
He died on May 21, 2021, while traveling on a Nigerian Airforce Beechcraft King Air 350 on an official visit to Kaduna State to attend the passing out Parade of 80RRIim Depot Nigerian Army on May 22, 2021. The crash killed Lt. Gen. Ibrahim and ten others on the plane.
Until his death, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim was a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, and the Nigerian School of Infantry. He held a Master’s degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy.
He also attained a Master of Science in Human Resources Management and Development from the Salford University in the United Kingdom. He had a Graduate Diploma in International Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
He undertook a leadership and security policy course at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University USA, Graduate School of Media and Communication, Agha Khan University of Nairobi, Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1986 as an Infantry Officer after his Officer Cadet training in January 1984.
The late COAS started his career with a tour of duty at the United Nations in Sierra Leone as a Military Observer where he facilitated United Kingdom Military engagement Operation BARASS in September 2000. He was also an Operation Officer and latter Company Commander in NIBATTN19 ECOMOG Operation in Liberia.
Although with the chain of command in the Nigerian Army, he had the privilege of having commanded several operations with distinction all through.
Among these appointments is Commanding Officer 146 Battalion Nigerian Army (Operation Harmony I) in the Bakassi Peninsula, Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army (Operations PULO SHIELD), General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army.
He was a one-time Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE (the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency outfit in the North-Eastern Nigerian).
According to records, it was believed that he brought relative stability to the region with the surrender of several Boko Haram combatants.
As a staff officer, he was a Unit Adjutant, 7 Battalion Nigerian Army, Serti, Chief of Staff, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army Sokoto, General Staff Officer Grade 1 Training/Operations, and Staff Duties/Plans at Headquarters 1,2 and 81 Divisions of the Nigerian Army.
Ibrahim was also the Deputy Director Military Secretary 2 at the AHQ MS (A) and a one-time Director Army Public Relations and Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army. He was later the Director staff duties and Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.
He also served as the Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation and Chief of Defence Logistics at the apex organ of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Defence Headquarters Abuja.
While occupying this position, he worked with the U.S. Defence Logistics Agency on the Vertically Integrated Logistics Approach (VILA) program towards enhancing the operational readiness in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
He was also an Instructor at the Depot Nigerian Army, Nigerian Defence Academy, and the Nigerian Army School of Infantry. He was later a Directing Staff and Chief Instructor at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State.
The General had several honours and awards. He was a highly decorated officer with UNAMSIL Medal, ECOMOG Medal, Forces Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguish Service Star, Grand Service Star, Corp Medal of Honour, Command Medal, Field Command Medal, and field command Medal of Honour.
The late COAS was said to have been one of the Army Chiefs who used his privileged position to enhance the welfare and morale of troops under him. He was said to have made it a priority to address their concerns regarding salary increment and prompt payment of allowances.
He is survived by his wife and three children.