Maj Gen (Dr.) A.J. Kazir CFR

Chairman, Board of Directors


Major General Alwali Jauji Kazir an indigene of Bade Emirate in Jakusko Local Government of Yobe State, was born to the family of Usman Jauji Kazir and Salamatu Gagiyo Kazir, on 2 August 1947 at Kazir Bula.


He enrolled into Amshi Primary School, just eight kilometres from his village, Kazir, where he lived with an Aunt for part of the three years he spent there, save for a brief period, when the Headmaster, Mallam Kaigama Gambo asked him to stay with him as an errand boy.
In 1958 he was sent to Central Primary School Gashua, where two of them that excelled in the class were to further their education. There they lived in a boarding house. Senior Primary School Potiskum was the next destination in 1959, from there moving to Government College (now Barewa College) Zaria in 1962 was to gladly follow.

While military service had been in the family, as Alwali’s uncle and a cousin participated in the Second World War, his interest in the military was rekindled in Barewa College where he joined the Cadets Corps unit in 1964. Just as he had done very well in all the previous schools he had attended, he showed his potential for a good military officer where he exhibited leadership qualities and attributes of successful Military Officers. There he heard about the Gowons, the Maimalaris, the Hassans, and the Murtalas. In the Cadets Corps he rose to the rank of Cadet Sergeant Major, thus becoming the most senior cadet in the Unit. Being a Cadet Sergeant Major encouraged him further, and in particular when he observed the orderliness, discipline and smartness in the military, which was again strengthened by the encouragement he received from serving military officers, other ranks and the PSI (Permanent Staff Instructor), a Veteran of the Second World War that were training them at that level. He was particularly encouraged by Capt. Paul Turton the physics teacher, a Retired British Army Officer of the Corps of Artillery. That interest in the military saw Alwali proceeding to the Nigerian Defence Academy, at a time when Barewa College had already lost four senior military officers from the Alma-mater, as a result of the 1966 coup; the urge to replace those lost officers and also answer the clarion call, TO KEEP NIGERIA ONE WAS A TASK THAT MUST BE DONE, gingered him to take up the challenge. At the Academy, he joined the Third Regular in 1967 offering maths, physics, and chemistry, as combination against what he had offered in the Barewa High School Certificate Course (HSC), where he had offered Maths, Geography and History. His performance at the Academy offered him the opportunity to gain some day’s seniority on commission when his seniority was back dated to 27 August 1967, instead of 3 September the date the course commenced training.

On commission on 14/15 March 1970, he was posted to 3 Artillery Regiment, 3 Marine Commando Port-Harcourt, where he was straight away appointed as a Battery Commander and, a year later he was appointed Adjutant of the Unit.

Military postings took him to Ikoh-Ekpene, Bauchi, Lagos, School of Artillery Kachia, Kaduna, Jos; holding Artillery appointments, and finally his appointment as CCA (Commander Corps of Artillery) based in the Bonny Camp, Victoria Island Lagos, after holding a brief appointment at the Presidency Dodan Barracks as Principal Staff Officer to the President, General Babangida in 1987, immediately his return from US Army War College (USAWC).

Alwali’s appointment as Military Governor of Kwara State came to him as a surprise, as he had never expected that, especially as he had served in the Army Headquarters department of Special Duties (SD) and Plans, now Policy and Plans as General Staff Officer One and Colonel General Staff. In Kwara, he performed very well, earning for himself the appellation, “Action Governor”, given to him by Kwarans who appealed against his posting after one year in the State.

Alwali was Director Army Faculty at Command and Staff College (now Armed Forces Command and Staff College) Jaji, in Kaduna State. After the unfortunate Charlie 130 (C-130) accident at Ejigbo in 1992 , all exercises and TEWTS (Tactical Exercises Without Troops) in the college were reviewed, taking into account contemporary situation and changes in the security situation in the country and globally.

All Alwali’s appointments were in accordance with military traditions of attending relevant courses at home as well as abroad. In fact, he attended more courses abroad than at home; Artillery Basic Course in USA, Artillery locating course in Nowshera, Pakistan; Battery Commanders Course on 122mm Howitzer in the old Soviet Union. Long Gunnery Staff Course UK, and Regimental Commanders Course in Jaji; culminating in the United States of America War College Carlisle in 1986/87.

General concluded his eventful military career, by holding the enviable post of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), after gaining useful experiences as the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Kaduna (GOC) and the Military Secretary (MS) of the Nigerian Army (NA).

In all appointments he held, Alwali performed creditably well, bringing about changes for the benefit of the NA and the Nation in general. As COAS, he saw to the evacuation of casualties to Egypt for medical treatment, which was successfully carried out.

He visualized the problems of the NA and set to solve them first by articulating his ideas in three handouts; “My Philosophy for the Nigeria Army, and realistic training in the contemporary environment”.

Alwali could be said to be a visionary; he produced a booklet, “The Low Intensity Conflict in the Contemporary Nigeria in 1995”, bringing to the fore new threats that had to be faced using different approaches from the conventional way of fighting; that is what is being referred to today as “Asymmetrical warfare” or the latest;” fourth Generation Warfare”.

Having rose through the ranks and became the COAS and contributed his quota to the development of the NA. The Obasanjo’s administration in 2003 awarded Gen Alwali the National Award of the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR).

Worthy of note are the following that Alwali initiated / carried out during his tenure as COAS, from Aug’1994 to March 1996:
  • General renovation of dilapidated barracks in various locations.
  • Laying the foundation stone for the Small Scale Drug Manufacturing Unit.
  • Introduction of the Post Housing Scheme for Officers and Soldiers.
  • Enhancement of Soldiers take home emoluments and allowances peculiar to service personnel.
  • Commissioning of the Warrant Officers Academy, Jaji.
  • General re-kitting of Officers and Soldiers, complete from head to toe.
  • Medical evacuation of Officers and Soldiers overseas for medical treatment.
  • Morale boosting visit of troops in Mission area in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
Alwali participated in the Political Reform Conference convened by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005 as Vice Chairman of the Security Committee. Thereafter, he was appointed member of NIPSS Board of Governors from 2009 to 2015. He is currently a member of Barewa Old Boys Association as its first vice President and Chairman Fund Raising Committee for running the Association. Alwali is the Vice Chairman Alumni Association of the 3rd Regular Course and the Chairman Planning Committee for the Course’s Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2017. In recognition of his contributions to the development of the Country while holding many extra regimental offices, Governor of Kwara State (1990-1991), Principal Staff Officer to Mr. President in 1987, and finally the Abuja University honored him with Doctor of Political Science in Feb’ 2020. On 28 Sep 21, the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria appointed Gen Alwali Jauji Kazir through the Minister of Defence the Chairman of the Committee on the Reform of Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Nigeria. A role he carried out diligently. He is also a member of the Boards of Private Companies whose focus is the development of the NA in particular and the Armed Forces in general with a view to improving the wellbeing of service personnel. He was an Independent Director Board of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) from 2013 – 2022. Major General Alwali Jauji Kazir during his illustrious Military career was awarded the following Army Medals:
  • Forces Service Star (FSS)
  • Meritorious Service Star (MSS)
  • Distinguish Service Star (DSS)
  • Command Medal (CM)
  • Grand Service Star (GSS)
  • Corps Medal of Honour (CMH)
General Alwali Jauji Kazir (Rtd) received accolades during his career as well as on retirement. He was awarded Doctor of Political Science Degree by University of Abuja 15th February, 2020. Similarly on 4th October, 2022 the prestigious Nigerian Defense Academy awarded him a Doctor of Military Science Degree. So many other routine activities too numerous to enumerate. Alwali is a holder of a traditional title, the “MADAKIN BADE”, in addition to so many other titles bestowed on him in Kwara State especially the Honorary Son and Chief (Agba Akin) of Erin-Ile. He is happily married to Hajiya Hajara and they have seven children.
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