Birthday celebrant of the day General Martin Luther Agwai, GCON

Birthday celebrant of the day General Martin Luther Agwai, GCON
November 08 16:56 2017 Print This Article

Agwai was born on November 8, 1948 in Kaduna to a Christian family. He attended Government Secondary School, Zaria in 1967 from where he attended the Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1972.

During the course of his career, he attended many courses and institutions such as Nigerian Command and Staff College, British Army Staff College, Camberley and United States Army Armor School amongst others.

He holds a Post Graduate diploma in Public Administration with distinctions from the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) and National Defence University, Washington DC, where he obtained a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy.

While at NDU, he won the Ambassadors Award for excellence in research and writing, making him the first foreigner to win the award.

He was the Nigerian Military Adviser at Harare, covering the whole of Southern Africa between 1993 – 1996. He was a Directing Staff and Chief Instructor at the Command and Staff College Jaji – Kaduna, Nigeria.

Before becoming the Chief of Army Staff he was the Deputy Military Adviser at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

He was the Chief of Defence Staff of the Nigerian Armed Forces since 1 June 2006. Before that, he held several senior positions in the Nigerian Army, including being Chief of Army Staff.

He served as the commander of the combined United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur. General Agwai led one of the biggest peacekeeping operations in the world with approximately 20,000 troops and 6,000 police under his command.

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