Major General Farouk Yahaya Biography, Career, Net Worth

Major General Farouk Yahaya is a Nigerian Army and the current Nigerian Chief of Army Staff. He was born on the 5th of January, 1966 in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

On the 27th of May, 2021, he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chief of Army Staff following the death of Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru.


Major General Farouk Yahaya is an alumnus of the University of Salford, Manchester, England. On the 27th of September, 1985, he joined the Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on 22 September 1990.


Major General Farouk Yahaya joined the Nigerian Army as a member of 37 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defense Academy Kaduna. He was a commander of the Division 1 of the Nigerian Army.

He was the Theatre Commander of the Counter-Terrorism Counter Insurgency military involved in the fight against Boko Haram terrorist group in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria with the code name Operation HADIN KAI.

He served as the commander of the 4 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army in Edo State.

He has held several positions in the Nigerian Army including

  • Garrison Commander Headquarters Guards Brigade
  • Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC),
  • Deputy Director Army Headquarters Department of Military Secretary
  • Deputy Director Army Research and Development and the Chief of Staff
  • Headquarters Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield
  • Director Manpower at the Army Headquarters
  • Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters

In May 2021, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya was appointed the Chief of Army Staff by President Buhari six days after the death of Lt. Gen. Attahiru.


Honors/Awards & Recognitions

Major General Farouk Yahaya holds several awards. Some of his awards and honors are

  • Forces Service Star
  • Meritorious Service Star
  • Distinguished Service Star
  • Grand Service Star, Passed staff course (Dagger)
  • National DefenceCourse (Chile)
  • Economic Community of West Africa State Monitoring Group Medal
  • Command Medal
  • Field Command Medal
  • General Operations Medal
  • Silver Jubilee Medal
  • Golden Jubilee Medal.

Personal Life

He is married and has children. Major General Farouk Yahaya is a Muslim.

Profile Summary

Name Major General Farouk Yahaya
Date of Birth 5th of January, 1966
State of Origin Sokoto 
Religion Muslim
Profession Nigerian Army
Net Worth Unknown

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