Minna, Niger State
Has six children
appointed commander of the 3rd Mechanized Brigade in Kano between 1969 and 1979. He also served as a Nigerian contingent to the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon between 1981 and 1982 after which he was promoted to colonel in August 1984. Later, he was appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Enugu, and became a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC).
From Enugu, he was moved to Kaduna, as GOC of the strategic One Mechanized Division. On November 17, 1993, he was appointed chief of Defense staff, the position he held until his appointment as the Head of State June 1998– May 1999)
Defence Service Medal (DSM) Defence Service Medal (Nigeria)
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Forces Service Star (FSS) Forces Service Star (Nigeria)
General Service Medal (GSM) General Service Medal (Nigeria)
Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR)
Meritorious Service Star (MSS)
National Service Medal (NSM) National Service Medal (Nigeria)
Republic Medal (RM)
Rainbow/Push Coalition Peace Prize
Silver Jubilee Medal (SJM)
Star Award of Ghana.
International Gold Medal, of the Economic Community of West African States
Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, May 2002; Honorary Doctorate Degree (LL.D) in Law, Ahmadu Bello University, 2004,
Pass Staff College; Forces Service Stan Meritorious Service Star; Distinguished Service Star; Defence Service Medal; Republic Medal; National Service Medal; General Service Medal.
Squash, Jogging, Photography, Reading;
Minna, Niger State.
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