Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, Chairman

General TY Danjuma GCON (Rtd) had a 19 year illustrious career in the Nigerian Army where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant General and served as Chief of Army Staff, he retired from the Nigerian Army in 1979 aged 40. Following his retirement from the army, General Danjuma embarked on a business career, he has become a distinguished and highly successful businessman with over 35 years experience. General TY Danjuma is the founder of many Nigerian companies including the NAL-Comet Group, one of the most successful indigenous shipping agencies and terminal operators in Nigeria and South Atlantic Petroleum Limited an oil exploration and production company. In 2008 General Danjuma set up the TY Danjuma Foundation, a private independent grant making philanthropic organisation based in Abuja, Nigeria to aid the less fortunate in Nigeria.

General Danjuma sits on the board of several publicly quoted and privately owned companies in Nigeria encompassing all sectors of the economy. General TY Danjuma is a strong supporter of democracy in Nigeria. When Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, General Danjuma accepted an appointment as Minister of Defence to President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Cabinet (1999 – 2003). This is the only government position General Danjuma has ever held. In 2010, Danjuma accepted a purely advisory appointment as the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council by the then acting President Goodluck Jonathan during prevailing difficulties between March and May of that year.

General Danjuma’s national honour as Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, is the highest award given in Nigeria to a non-head of state. He also has several other national and international awards and titles, as well as honorary doctorate degrees from notable Nigerian and foreign Universities.

General TY Danjuma, GCON (Rtd.) has been recognised as the Leadership Person of the Year for 2011 by the Leadership Board of Editors in Nigeria. In 2013, The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR, conferred the highly esteemed title of Jarmai Zazzau on General Danjuma. In 2014, General Danjuma served as a Chairman of the Victims' Support Fund Committee supporting the victims of terror such as the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping. In 2015, General Danjuma was conferred with “Champion for the Conservation of Biodiversity” award by the current president Muhammadu Buhari GCFR. More recently, General Danjuma was appointed as a Chairman of the Committee to rehabilitate infrastructure and resettle Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in the North-East sub-region of Nigeria.