Salihu Ibrahim FSS, FHWC (25 June 1935[1] – 10 December 2018) was a Nigerian army general who was Chief of Army Staff from August 1990 until September 1993 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Salihu Ibrahim
Chief of Army Staff
In office
August 1990 – September 1993
Preceded bySani Abacha
Succeeded byAliyu Mohammed Gusau
Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy
In office
Preceded byMaj-Gen Peter Adomokai
Succeeded byLt-Gen. Garba Duba
Personal details
Born(1935-06-25)25 June 1935
Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria Protectorate
Died10 December 2018(2018-12-10) (aged 83)
Military service
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/service Nigerian Army
Years of service1956 – 1993
Rank Lieutenant general



Ibrahim joined the army in 1956. He was given officer's training at the Nigerian Military Training College.[2] He became a respected Armored Corps officer, considered apolitical although he served as a member of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari's Supreme Military Council (1984-1985).[2] He was briefly arrested in August 1985, during the coup in which Ibrahim Babangida took over from Buhari.[3] Later he became a member of Babangida's Armed Forces Ruling Council.[2] He was appointed Commandant of the Nigeria Defence Academy (1988 - 1990).

In August 1990, General Sani Abacha, then Chief of Army staff (COAS) ceded this job to Ibrahim, while remaining Chairman Joint Chiefs and becoming Minister of Defence. Ibrahim was unable to assert much authority, with Abacha even refusing to vacate FlagStaff House, the traditional residence of the COAS. In August 1993, then head of state Ibrahim Babangida appointed Lt. General Aliyu Mohammed as his replacement, but Abacha delayed the change until September to allow Ibrahim time to "retire with honor".[4] After retirement he was appointed a Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of council of the University of Ilorin. He became a member of the board of several Companies. As of 2010 he was Chairman of the International Energy Insurance Company. He died in December 2018 in his home in Kogi State, at the age of 83.[1]


  1. ^ a b Salihu Ibrahim, former chief of army staff, is dead
  2. ^ a b c Max Siollun. ""The Five Majors": Myth and Reality". Dawodu. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  3. ^ Nowa Omoigui. "Nigeria: The Palace Coup of November 17, 1993 - Part 2". Dawodu. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  4. ^ Nowa Omoigui. "Review: New SOJA Vol 27 37/43 Apr - Jun 2003". Dawodu. Retrieved 2010-06-02.