Notable Alumni: Azubuike Ihejirika
Azubuike Ihejirika, CFR (born February 13, 1956) is a retired Nigerian Armylieutenant general and former Chief of Army Staff.
Background & education
He was born on February 13, 1956 in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State, Southeastern Nigeria. He was educated at Williams Memorial High School in Afugiri, a town in Umuahia North, Abia State where he obtained the London General Certificate in 1975 as well as the West African Senior School Certificate Examination with a grade I distinction. He is a member of the 18th Regular Combatant Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in December 1977 into the Corps of Nigerian Army Engineers (NAE). Ihejirika holds a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Survey from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and is an alumnus of military institutions such as the Command and Staff College, Jajii and the National War College.
General Ihejirika was on the Directing Staff at the Command and Staff College, Jajii and was Principal Staff Officer at the Defence and Army Headquarters. He also held various command appointments including:
- Commander 41 Division Engineers
- Acting General Officer Commanding, 1 Division
- General Officer Commanding, 81 Division
General Ihejirika was appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on September 8, 2010 by President Goodluck Jonathan. He served as COAS for 4 years until his retirement on January 2014.
Life after military
After he retired as the Chief of Army Staff in January 2014, he returned to his hometown, Isuikwuato where he was honored with a chieftaincy title, ” Dike Abia” (in Igbo), the “Warrior of Abia” (In British English). ” I thought they will give me a chieftaincy title but they made me a king. I therefore dedicate this title to my commanders and soldiers who showed strength in the midst of daunting challenges”, he quoted.