Lieutenant General Owoye Azazi
Former Chief of Defence Staff
Date of Birth: 01/02/1952
Place of Birth: Bayelsa
Education: Government College, Bomadi, 1968.
Career: Nigerian Army, 1974-08; Director of Military Intelligence, 2003; Chief of Army Staff, 2006-08.
Commentary: After a long career in the Nigerian Army, Azazi was appointed Chief of Army Staff by Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006. He was initally kept on by Umaru Yar'Adua but then replaced by Air Marshal Paul Dike in 2008. It is possible that he will return to take up another high profile role now that Goodluck Jonathan is in charge.
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The National Security Advisor, Andrew Owoye Azazi, is an intellectual, bookish kind of general, who told Africa Confidential he was pursuing multiple strategies – political, diplomatic, economic and military – and argued that turning around the situation was a longer-term project...