MAJ GEN MSA ALIYU (N/8831) GSS CM FCMH psc(+) nswc (Pak) fdc(+) BSc (Chem) PGD (IRD) MSc
Maj Gen Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Aliyu was born on 19 November 1965 in Gusau, Zamfara State. He attended Government Science Secondary School, Gusau from 1979 to 1984, after which he enlisted in the Nigerian Army as a member of the 36 Regular Course at the Nigerian Defence Academy on 24 September 1984. At the end of the course, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and subsequently posted to the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps on 23 September 1989. He rose steadily to the rank of Major General with seniority date of 24 September, 2016. He is the current Chief of Projects and Programmes (Army) at the Headquarters of the Nigerian Army.
Major General MSA Aliyu has attended courses in both civil and military institutions, and obtained a Diploma in Arabic Studies, BSc (Hons) Chemistry, PGD International Relations and Diplomacy, as well as an MSc in National Security and War Studies. His professional qualifications include Passed Staff College (+), National Security War Course, and Fellow Defence College (+). He has also attended the following military courses: Young Officer’s Course (Armour), Anti-Tank Platoon Commanders’ Course, Tank Weapon Instructors’ Course, Junior Staff Course, Senior Staff Course, Disaster Management Train-The-Trainers’ Course, Democratic Civil/Military Relations Course in Canada, French Planning Course in Ghana, and National Security War Course in Pakistan.
The military appointments held by Major General Aliyu include: Commanding Officer 244 Recce Battalion, Defence Adviser at the Defence Section of the Nigerian High Commission in Pakistan, and Directing Staff at both Command and Staff College (CSC) and the National Defence College (NDC) as well as Director of Higher Military Operations and Organization at the National Defence College Nigeria. Major General Aliyu was also the Chief of Staff, HQ, 3 Division, Commander 21 Brigade and Acting General Officer Commanding 3 Division.
Major General MSA Aliyu was posted to the Directorate of Projects and Programmes (DPP) in the Office of the Chief of Armed Forces Headquarters (COAS, AHQ) as the Director of Projects and Programmes (Army) on 17 November 2016. The Directorate was later upgraded to a department and designated as the Department of Projects and Programmes.
Major General MSA Aliyu speaks fluently and writes accurately in English, Hausa, Arabic and Djarma languages. He is a Fellow of the International Institute of Professional Security (FIIPS) and a professional institute manager. He is happily married with children. His hobbies include Polo, Biking, Badminton, Basketball and hunting of animals.