Alwali Kazir

Alwali Jauji Kazir CFR (born 2 August 1947) is a retired Nigerian Army Major General who was Military Governor of Kwara State, Nigeria from December 1989 to January 1992 during the military regime of Major General Ibrahim Babangida. And then Chief of Army Staff from August 1994 to March 1996 during General Sani Abacha’s regime.

Alwali Jauji Kazir
Chief of Army Staff
In office
August 1994 – March 1996
Preceded byChris Alli
Succeeded byIshaya R. Bamaiyi
General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army
In office
December 1993 – August 1994
Preceded byChris Alli
Succeeded byAhmed Abdullahi
Governor of Kwara State
In office
December 1989 – January 1992
Preceded byIbrahim Alkali
Succeeded byShaaba Lafiaji
Personal details
Born (1947-08-02) 2 August 1947 (age 75)
Yobe State, Nigeria
Alma materBarewa College Nigeria Defence Academy
Military service
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/serviceFlag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Years of service1967–1996
RankNigeria-Army-OF-7.svg Major General

Early lifeEdit

Kazir was born in Kazir Village, Jakusko L.G.A in present-day Yobe State. He attended Amshi Primary School between 1955 and 1957 and Gashua Central Primary School in 1958.

Military careerEdit

As a brigadier general, he was the director of army faculty at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in 1992. After the sudden dismissal of Major General Chris Alli as the Chief of Army Staff, Alwali Kazir then the GOC 1 Division was promoted major general and made Chief of Army Staff serving from August 1994 to March 1996 during the regime of General Sani Abacha. Alwali Kazir retired in 1996.

Later careerEdit

After retirement, he was installed as Madakin Bade by the Emir of Bade Alhaji Abubakar Umar Suleiman in April 2009.


Alwali Kazir was married to Late Aisha Larai Bukar with whom he has one child Muhammad, and Hajara with whom he has 6 children namely: Halima, Abdulazeez, Ibrahim, Musa, Mubarak and Maryam, and 10 grandchildren: Alwali (Najeeb), Aisha, Hajara (Nabila), Maryam, Amina, Muhammed, Abubakar, Hajara (Deena), Ayman and Halimatu Sa’diyyah.