8 Powerful Things You Need To Know About Tinubu’s Newly Appointed ADC

by Opeyemi Alimi
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Nurudeen Alowonle

Early hours of Friday, the was an outbreak of news that Nigeria’s President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as part of his preparation for the May 29 inauguration, has appointed one Lieutenant Colonel Nurudeen Alowonle Yusuf as his Aide-de-Camp (ADC) designate, and according to reports, he’s expected to resume official duties on Monday, May 1, 2023.

However, many may be wondering why the president-elect sought the permission of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, to have Lt. Col. Yusuf work with him as he prepares to take over the mantle from President Muhammadu Buhari, but HotNewsInNaija can confirm, after gathering some basic fact about the senior military officer, that the ADC-designate is bringing to the job, his experience in intelligence, as well as, VIP protocol and protection, having previously served in sensitive roles in the Presidential Villa during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

Among other things gathered by HotNewsInNaija, it was confirmed that Lt. Col. Yusuf concurrently ran many academic and military courses to become a top military officer in Nigeria.

In this article, we are going to peep into the Curriculum Vitae of Tinubu’s newly appointed ADC-designate, exclusively obtained by HotNewsInNaija. Below is the 8 Powerful Things You Need To Know About Him:

  1. Lt. Col. Yusuf attended Federal Polytechnic Offa where he obtained his Ordinary National Diploma in Computer Science in the year 2000, and after that, he enrolled and was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, where he graduated with a BSc in Electrical Electronic Engineering.
  2. Between 2004 and 2005, Lt. Col. Yusuf attended Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), in the United Kingdom. The RMAS is an institution where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibility of leading their soldiers. The promising senior military officer, in 2006, attended the Nigerian Army Intelligence School in Lagos where he was trained in intelligence and security-related subjects in accordance with the Nigerian Army training policies and directives.
  3. Lt. Col. Yusuf, in 2007, attended the Young Officer’s Course Infantry, NASI, another course in Kaduna that equipped him with military skills on the use of various types of weapon systems used in infantry units as well as special operations, and in 2008, he completed the Tactical Intelligence Officers and Security Investigations courses to improve his capabilities as a military officer.
  4. The senior military officer can speak many language such as Yoruba, Hausa, English, as well as, French and he has had several military trainings in Mali, Pakistan, China, Israel and the United Kingdom between the year 2009 and 2018. The trainings include Military Intelligence Basic Officers Course (Mali); Junior Staff Course (China); Officers Advanced Intelligence Course, SMI, (Pakistan) Advanced Command and Staff Course (Shrivenham UK).
  5. The multilingual officer, while acquiring military training, obtained a master’s degree in Defence Studies from Kings College, London in 2018, and a postgraduate diploma in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the National Open University (NOUN). He recently completed another military course designed for Commanding Officers in Jaji, Kaduna, before he was appointed as the ADC-designate to Bola Tinubu, the Nigeria’s president-elect. Other courses obtained by Lt. Col. Yusuf include Joint Information Course, Darfur, Sudan (2013); Humanitarian Recovery and Development Unit Course, Sudan (2013); Basic Counter Terrorism Training, Kontagora (2013); VIP Protection Leadership Training, Israel (2013); UN Military Observers Course, Egypt (2019); Joint Basic French Course (A1), Alliance Francais, Abuja (2019) and Joint Basic French Course (A2), Paris, France.
  6. In the past, Lt. Col. Yusuf has served as an officer in charge (Technical) for 119 Intelligence Group, Lagos. He was thereafter transferred to HQ 4 Brigade, Benin, where he served as Operations Officer. He has also served as Officer Commanding at State House Military Intelligence Group and in 2015, he was promoted to Officer Commanding, Presidential Body Guard, State House, Abuja. In 2017, Yusuf served the Nigerian Army as Staff Officer Grade 1 for the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corp (NAIC).
  7. In the year 2005, Yusuf was commissioned into the Officers Cadre from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and proceeded to become Military Assistant to the Chief of Training/Operations at Army Headquarters between 2017 and 2019. Later, he was promoted to Assistant Director of Intelligence/Security. From 2020 to 2022, Yusuf served at Nigerian Defence Section, in Paris, France as DDA Librarian, and until his appointment as Tinubu’s ADC, he was Staff Officer, Headquarters, NAIC, Abuja.
  8. Lastly, HotNewsInNaija can confirm that Lieutenant Colonel Nurudeen Alowonle Yusuf is a prince from Kwara State. His father is Oba Yusuf Omokanye Oyekanmi, the current Elemona of Ilemona in the Oyun Local Government Area of the state.

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