President Muhammadu Buhari on the 27th May, 2021 appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
He was appointed after the death of the former Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru who died in the 2021 NAF Beechcraft King Air 350 plane crash near Kaduna International Airport on the 21st of May, 2021, alongside 10 other officers.
Major General Farouk Yahaya is from Sokoto state, married and blessed with children. He is a member of 37 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defense Academy Kaduna.
Yahaya was born on January 5th 1966 in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto state. He began his cadet training on 27th September 1985 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on 22nd September 1990.
He has held notable positions in the army namely; Deputy Director Army Headquarters Department of Military Secretary, Garrison Commander Headquarters Guards Brigade, Deputy Director Army Research and Development, the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield and Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
He currently holds several military awards including the Forces Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguished Service Star and Grand Service Star. Others include; Command Medal, Field Command Medal, Economic Community of West Africa State Monitoring Group Medal and General Command Medal.
Prior to his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the Theatre Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency military outfit in North Eastern part of Nigeria code named Operation HADIN KAI.