About the Commandant




Rear Admiral Makanju Mackson Kadiri was granted Regular Combatant Commission in the rank of Sub Lieutenant in 1988 and rose to the current rank of Rear Admiral in 2015. He is a specialist Navigation and Direction officer who has attended several professional and academic courses. The senior officer is a graduate of the Senior Staff Course, Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Marine Safety Course, United States Coast Guard Training Centre Virginia United States of America, United Nations Administration and Logistic Course at International Peace Support Centre Nairobi Kenya. He holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies.


Rear Admiral Kadiri has served in different capacities afloat and ashore in the course of his career. He served at different times onboard Nigeria Navy Ships RUWANYARO,OBUMA, AGU,HADEIJA,AYAM, LANA, OFIOM and AMBE. He was Commanding Officer Forward Operating Base FORMOSO and served as a directing staff at both the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji and National Defence College Nigeria. He also served as Director Recruitment, Resettlement and Reserve; Director Monitoring, Evaluation and Reserve as well as Director of Operations all at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja.


The senior officer was the Director Department of Maritime Warfare at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji and Navy Secretary at the Naval Headquarters. Until his appointment to the National Defence College Nigeria, he was the Chief of Training and Operations at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja. The Admiral has participated in several international conferences and symposiums, the most recent being the Senior Leaders’ Symposium in Abidjan (2017), the Gulf of Guinea Commission Summit in Malabo (2016)and the Gulf of Guinea Navies’ Summit inParis (2018). He is a Fellow of both the Nigerian Institute of Management and the Occupational Safety and Health Association of United Kingdom. He is also a Member of the United States Naval Institute. The senior officer is a recipient of the Grand Service Star (GSS), passed staff course dagger (psc+) and distinguished fellow of the National Defence College (fdc+). His hobbies include reading biographies, watching and playing tennis and soccer


NDC has a range of Publications amongst which is Strategic Lenses published annually. Find below the maiden editions of Strategic Lenses and details about purchase.


The maiden publication is in 2 series. Series 1 (2018) has the Theme: Security and National Development; while Series 2 (2018) has the Theme: Defence and National Security Management In Nigeria.


Strategic Lenses Series 1: Security and National Development


Strategic Lenses Series 1 (2018) focuses on Security and National Development. In recent decades, insecurity has manifested in varying forms with attendant undesirable setbacks to development in Nigeria. Further, security challenges around Nigeria's neighbourhood and in the wider sub-Saharan and Sahelian regions arising from political and socio-economic discontent have manifested in exacerbated security and developmental burdens to Nigeria. Whereas different explanations have been projected on the slow pace of development in Nigeria, it is apparent that meaningful development can only be achieved and sustained in a secured environment. This publication is therefore compelled by the ever-increasing need for a holistic and multidisciplinary approach towards addressing the multifaceted challenges of development from the backdrop of insecurity in Nigeria.


The book aggregates the relevant lectures delivered at the National Defence College by heads of governments, scholars, senior military officers as well as heads of ministries, departments and agencies as they seek to address critical issues in the socio-political economic and military dimensions of national security and development. It is divided into twelve chapters with focus on interrogation of the concept of the state and separation of powers, population demographics, democratic governance, economic growth and regional cooperation.



Some of the Chapters covered are:



The State: Concept and Applications Member George-Genyi


Population Demographics and National Development in Nigeria Nana Tanko


Political Parties and Democratic Governance in Nigeria: Implications for National Development WO Alli


Economic Dimensions of National Security: The Nigerian Experience Prof Yemi Osinbajo


An Assessment of Poverty Reduction Strategies in Nigeria: Prospects for Economic Growth and Recovery Sarah O Anyanwu


Globalization and Nigeria's Development: WTO and International Trade in Perspective Naomi Onyeje Doki


Separation of Powers and National Security in Nigeria: An Appraisal Abubakar Bukola Saraki


Effective Leadership in a complex security Environment AG Olonisakin


Internal Security Architecture and National Security: Strategic Options to meet Emerging Challenges - Abdulrahman Dambazau





Strategic Lenses Series 2: Defence and National Security Management In Nigeria


The publication on Defence and National Security Management in Nigeria is intended to reflect on internal and external threats to Nigeria's interests. It focuses on promotion of a thorough understanding of the defence establishment and its role in meeting the challenges arising from an ever changing security environment. It also addresses the military and operative context of the changing dimension of threat the Nation face. The book presents the opinion of various authors who, based on their experience and expertise, critically addressed topical issues germane to defence and national security management in Nigeria.


The publication is structured into seventeen chapters to appropriately assess the existential threats to Nigeria's security and the preparedness of the national security framework to curtail and manage both the conflicts and its aftermath. The chapters address cross cutting issues on the organization and management of higher defence, defence economics, the capabilities and future perspectives of the Services, as well as contemporary threats to national and regional security.



Some of the Chapters covered are: 




Higber Defence Organization and Managemen - RO Yusuf



Science, Technology and Innovation in National Development - Emmanuel O Ezugwu



Defence, Economic and Procurement Act: An Assessment - Ben Obi


Causes and Nature of Conflicts and War  - Chukwuma CC Osakwe


A Survey of Ancient Theories of War and Strategy - OC Obierika



Management of Defence in the Ministry of Defence- Nuratu Batagarawa




Nigerian Army: Challenges and Future Perspectives - TY Buratai



     The Nigerian Navy: Challenges and Future Perspectives - IE Ibas



The Nigerian Air Force: Challenges and Future Perspectives - SB Abubakar


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Academic Directors









Air Commodore Bgmibgmitawuza David Solomon was born on 3 September 1969. He hails from Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State. The officer completed his primary education at Bosso Primary School Minna in 1980 before proceeding to Air Force Military School Jos and graduated in 1986. In 1987 he attended the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of 39 Regular Course where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Mathematics and was commissioned pilot officer in September 1992.


The officer attended Officers’ Basic Engineering Course from Sep 91 to Jul 93, Military Police Officers’ Basic Course 16 at the Nigerian Army School of Military Police Bassawa, Zaria from Sep to Dec 94. He also attended Student Pilot Course 32 at 401 Flying Training School Kaduna between 1997 and 2001 where he flew the Air Beetle aircraft. The officer attended Junior Division Staff Course 49 in 2000 and Senior Division Staff Course 27, from Aug 04 to Jul 05, both at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Nigeria. He underwent Type rating Course on the F-7NI & FT-7NI aircraft in China from Mar to May 09. The senior officer attended the National Defence University Islamabad, Pakistan from Aug 14 to Jul 15 where he obtained MSc degree in National Security and Defence Studies.


Air Commodore Solomon attended several seminars and workshops some of which are; Total Quality Management Course at UNILAG CONSULT in 2004, Certified Recruitment Analyst Course organized by MEC India and CAMI USA in Oct 2006 at the Federal Palace Hotel Lagos, Seminar/Training Workshop on Democracy, Project Management Course from Nov to Dec 10 at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, Lagos. He also attended Continuing Airworthiness & Quality Management and Initial Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance Courses both at Surrey, United Kingdom in Sep 11.


The officer held various appointments some of which are; Administrative Officer, Vehicle Aerospace Ground Equipment Overhaul Centre at Ikeja between Sep 94 and Jun 95, member of Directing Staff from Jan 07 to Feb 09 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji which earned him the insignia, psc(+).He was Military Assistant to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence from Jul 12 to Jul 14, Commanding Officer Jet Aircraft Overhaul Centre at 131 Engineering Group, Makurdi from Jul 15 to Nov 16 and Dean School of Postgraduate Studies at Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna from Nov 16 to Feb 17. He is a Member of Faculty (Directing Staff) and presently the Director ICT at National Defence College, Abuja.


The senior officer is a 14 handicap golfer, loves little children and enjoys nature. He also enjoys watching football. He is married to Elizabeth and have 4 boys.












Commodore Murtala Mormoni Bashir was born on 25 March 1969 in Gombe. He hails from Michika LGA of Adamawa State. He attended Capital School Kaduna from 1974 – 1980,      Federal Government College Azare, Bauchi State from 1980 – 1985 and Nigerian Defence Academy from     1986 – 1991 as a member of 38 Regular Course. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1991.


The senior officer attended the Sub –Technical Course at NNS QUORRA in 1992, Officers Long Course (specializing in Above Water Warfare) at NNS QUORRA in 2001, Junior Staff Course at AFCSC Jaji in2002, Senior Staff Course at AFCSC Jaji in 2005 and National Security and War Course, National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan in 2012.


The senior officer has held many appointments both ashore and afloat. The appointments include Assistant Missile Gunnery Officer NNS ARADU, Naval Assistant to FOC Eastern Naval Command, Instructor Naval Wing, Nigerian Defence Academy,        Executive Officer Forward Operating Base Igbokoda, Directing Staff Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Assistant Director of Operations, Naval Headquarters, Naval Assistant to Chief of the Naval Staff, Commanding Officer Nigerian Navy Ship EKUN, Deputy Director of Administration Naval Headquarters and Deputy Director Recruitment, Reserve and Resettlement, Naval Headquarters. Currently he is the Director of Curriculum and Programme Development at National Defence College, Abuja.


The senior officer has Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy and Masters in Security and War Studies. He is married to Jamila Bashir and the union is blessed with 4 boys and one girl. He enjoys playing volleyball and reading.









Air Cdre Abidemi Timothy Marquis has attended Officers Basic Aircraft Engineering Course, Primary Flying Training and both Junior and Senior Courses. He also underwent post-graduate in Telecoms and Electronic Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University and Masters in Strategic Studies at the University of Ibadan. Marquis has served in 33 Logistics Group Makurdi, 301 Flying Training School Kaduna and 303 Flying Training School Kano. Other places he has served include: Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, HQ NAF Abuja, HQ Training Command, Kaduna, Military Training School, Kaduna, Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited, Abuja, 33 Logistics Group, Kaduna, 401 Aircraft Maintenance Depot, Lagos and currently at the National Defence College, Nigeria. The appointment he has held include: OC Aerospace and ground Equipment Squadron, OC Line Service squadron, Head of Department, Battalion 2ic, Senior Instructor, Programme Manager, Command Evaluation Officer, Commanding Officer and Production and Planning Manager, Directing Staff and presently Director National Military and Strategy, National Defence College, Nigeria.













Ambassador Kunle Adeyanju was appointed an External Affairs Officer Grade VIII, in the Ministry of External Affairs Lagos, by the Federal Civil Service Commission in August 1976. He rose through the ranks and attained the post of Director (Foreign Service Officer, Special Grade) in January 2002 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abuja.He served in various capacities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.He was also member of the Nigerian delegation to many Conferences including the United Nations General Assembly in 1976 – 78, 1991-92,   2006–07, ECOWAS Summits in 1986 – 88 and UN Human Rights Council meetings, 2005 -2007. Ambassador Adeyanju attended in-service training courses at the International Law Institute, Washington DC, USA 1986, Institute of Management Development, University of Pittsburg, USA 1994 and Korea International Cooperation Agency, Seoul South Korea, 2006. In April 2007, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Nigeria to Belgium with concurrent accreditation to the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, European Union, European Commission and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Sates. With the change of government in May 2008, Amb. Adeyanju was re-assigned as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Zimbabwe and served in that capacity till October 2010. He is currently Director National and Geo-political Affairs department.













Brig Gen Mohammed Lawal Augie was born on 31 May 1963 at Augie, in Augie Local Government Area of Kebbi State. He started his early education at Augie Model Primary School from where he proceeded to College of Arts and Arabic studies where he obtained his GII Teachers Certificate in 1981. He later proceeded to Usman Dan Fodio University where he obtained his BA Ed (History) in 1987. He also attended University of Ilorin where he obtained MA History in 1995.


Brig Gen ML Augie was commissioned on 04 Oct 89 as Lt in the NA and was deployed to NA Education Corps. He attended several courses which include Basic NAEC Offrs’ Devt Course, Advance NAEC Offrs Devt Course. NAEC Offrs, Executive Mgt Course among others. His posting history in the NA include G1 Edu at Army Headquarters, Commandant, Command Secondary School Ibadan and Jos, Dir 1 Div Edu, Dir Info Mgt at AHQ DCMA among others. He is currently the Dir DHRA in the College. He is married with children. His hubbies include farming and playing Lawn Tennis.

Deputy Commandant





Major General Peter John Dauke is a member of Regular Course 35 Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned on 20 December 1986 into the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps. He holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Ibadan, a Master in Industrial and Labour Relations from the University of Maiduguri and also a Master of Philosophy in Strategy and Development Studies Bangladesh University of Professionals.


He has attended the Refugee Law Course, Rules of Engagement Workshop, Roundtable Conference on Global Violence and the Course for Directors of Courses and Trainers on International Humanitarian Law all at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law Sanremo-Italy. Additionally he has participated at the National Disaster Management Course organized by Bournemouth University United Kingdom. He was recently recognized by the Department of Psychology at the University of Ibadan as an Ambassador of Psychology in the Nigerian Army. He was at various times General Officer Commanding 3 and 81 Divisions.







The Provost

The Provost, Center for Strategic Research and Studies (CSRS) - DR Chijioke Wilcox Wigwe, fwc fdc (+)



Ambassador Dr Chijioke Wilcox Wigwe holds a B.A (Hons) Degree in English (Second Class Upper Division) from the University of Lagos and a PhD in English from the University of Exeter, England, United Kingdom. He has a post-graduate Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism and is a Fellow of the National War College, Nigeria (Course 9). Dr Wigwe was a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Jos until April 1984 when he joined the Nigerian Foreign Service as a First Secretary (Foreign Service Officer Grade VI). He rose quickly through the ranks, attaining the peak of his career as Director (Foreign Service Officer Special Grade) in January 2006. Dr Wigwe has held important senior appointments and served in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in Nigerian Diplomatic Missions abroad including Tokyo, Warsaw, New York and Nairobi.


From May 2008 to October 2011, Dr Wigwe was the High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Kenya with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Seychelles. At the same time, he was the Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi. He joined the service of the National Defence College as a Directing Staff and Member of the Steering Group in February 2012, a position he held until his appointment as Provost on 27 July 2017.


Dr Wigwe is a recipient of many awards including Best Ambassador of the Year (2010); African Peace and Security Impact Award (2009) - for negotiating and securing the release of the Nigerian vessel MV Yenagoa which was held in captivity by Somali pirates for 10 months; Ambassador for Peace (2008) and, Exemplary Leadership and Community Service Award (2007). Academic honours and distinctions he received include the Eudora Coker Memorial Prize for Best HSC Literature in 1972; the Faculty of Arts Prize for Best All-Round Performance in the Degree Examination at the University of Lagos in June 1976; and an Honours Diploma in Journalism for Outstanding Ability and Expertise by the London School of Journalism in 1991. In August 2017 he was conferred with the prestigious Fellowship of the Defence College fdc (+) for excellent services rendered as a teaching staff (Directing Staff) between 2012 and 2017.



Dr Wigwe has attended several international conferences and meetings, and delivered lectures at seminars. In 1982 he founded and edited an academic journal titled Nigerian Journal of Sociolinguistics. This was followed by the publication of a book in 1990 titled Language, Culture and Society in West Africa. He was the Desk Officer responsible for Third Committee affairs (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, New York, from 2003 to 2007. In 2006 he led the Nigerian Delegation to the UN Conference that resulted in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol which was opened for signature in New York in March 2007. Similarly, he was Alternate Head of Nigerian Delegation at negotiations that culminated in the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council in May 2006. He is a Lifetime / Platinum Member of Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals, USA, and Member of the Association of Freelance Journalists, UK.