Profile of General TY Danjuma, Former Nigerian Defense Minister

Nigerian politician and former lieutenant general Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (GCON, FSS, psc) was instrumental in post-independence military and political events.


Danjuma is also claimed to have made a large fortune via shipping and petroleum.


In this post, News24 Nigeria chronicles some interesting things about General TY Danjuma for you to read.


Kuru Danjuma and Rufkatu Asibi gave birth to General Danjuma on December 9, 1938, in Takum, Taraba State (formerly Gongola, Nigeria).

Following his early schooling, Gen. Danjuma entered in 1959 at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology in Zaria (Ahmadu Bello University) to study history on a Northern Nigeria Scholarship.

However, by the end of 1960, General Danjuma had left the institution to join the Nigerian Army.

Gen. Danjuma was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a second lieutenant and company leader in the Congo.

From July 1975 to October 1978, he served as Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence in the cabinet of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Gen. Danjuma is very patriotic and has held several major political roles, including Chairman of the Presidential Policy Advisory Committee (1999), Honourable Minister of Defence (1999-2003), and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council (2010).

General Danjuma is also a philanthropist. He has a proven track record of humanitarian giving, culminating in the formation of the TY Danjuma Foundation in December 2008.


He founded the NAL-COMET Group, one of Nigeria’s most successful indigenous shipping and terminal operators.


He also owns South Atlantic Petroleum Ltd (SAPETRO), an oil exploration and production business that aims to become one of Africa’s largest indigenous oil producers.

Gen. Danjuma recently acquired a 60% share in BOC Gases Nigeria, a subsidiary of UK-based BOC Holdings, and renamed it Industrial and Medical Gases Nigeria.

According to Forbes, Gen. Danjuma’s net worth is $1.2 billion, making him one of Nigeria’s richest men.

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