National Security

Posted by Nigeria Direct on 2009/02/14 | Views: 1295 |

Ministry of Defence

In recognition of the challenges of the new millennium, a military sector with modernized equipment, well-trained in all aspects of military operation, fully professionalized, compact and mobile with adequate equipment, fire-power and communications, capable of fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities and performing its international peace-keeping role proudly and efficiently is in place.


"To provide administrative and support services, timely and effective to enable the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to build and maintain a modern, compact, strong, professional, mission-capable and mission-ready armed forces for the defence of national territory, maritime interest, airspace and the protection and defence of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and to contribute to peace-making and peace-keeping duties worldwide under sub-regional and global organizations of which Nigeria is a member"


The military is responsible for protecting the country in the event of war and the President automatically becomes the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. He is the number one officer in the military and has the power to call up and give orders to the military.

He also appoints people to the following top positions:

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)
Chief of Army Staff (COAS)
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)
Chief of Air Staff (CAS)
National Security Adviser (NSA)
For more information contact:

Nigerian Army
Address: Headquarters Nigerian Army Garki Area 7 Abuja
Tel: 234-09-2340528

Nigerian Police Force
Address: Louis Edet House, Shehu Shagari Way, Central Area, Abuja
Tel Number: 09-2340422, 09-2340633
Fax: 09-2340756, 09-2340868