Former Minister of Defence
General T.Y. Danjuma (rtd.), has played significant and transformative roles in Nigeria since the country’s inception as a nation-state. His firm belief in democratic reforms and the rule of law are evident in his various official capacities as the Chief of Army Staff from 1975 to 1979, and the country’s Minister of Defence in 1999. Since his retirement from the military he has remained active in philanthropy, politics, and socio-economic activities in Nigeria. Of late he served as the chairman of the Victim’s Support Fund, an entity that provides material assistance to victims of terror such as the Chibok School girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
TY Danjuma’s nineteen-year career in the military is as impressive as his recent achievements in the business world and philanthropy. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant General, he subsequently served as the Chief of Army Staff, a position he held until he retired from the military in 1979. Upon retirement General Danjuma took on an active role in business, and as a statesman in various capacities. In 2003 he chaired the investigative committee on the Warri conflict, and in 2010 he was nominated to serve as the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council. In a speech delivered at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on July 16, 2014, Danjuma expressed his concern on the apparent lack of strong initiative against the insurgency of Boko Harem. He told then President, Goodluck Jonathan, that the terrorist group
“appeared to be having the upper hand, as they choose where to strike and capture territory, pointing out that the battle to win the insurgency war has already taken too long.” His charitable organization, the TY Danjuma Foundation, has been instrumental in poverty mitigation, and regional development in Nigeria.