On this day in 1948, a Nigerian soldier who was Chief of the Air Staff in the Nigerian government, Air Marshal Jonah Domfa Wuyep of the Nigerian Air Force was born in Langtang, Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria.
Wuyep attended the Native Authority Primary School in Shendam from 1959 to 1964 and then the Government Teachers College Toro in Bauchi State from 1966 to 1969.
Wuyep entered the Nigerian military as an officer cadet in 1970 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in 1973.
Wuyep participated in several foreign air missions which include airlift operations in Eastern and Southern Africa in support of the independence movements in Mozambique,Zimbabwe and Namibia as well as missions in support of the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Lebanon.
By 1994, Wuyep had been promoted to Group Captain and was appointed the Commander of 301 Flying Training School in Kaduna.
He was then successively appointed the Senior Air Staff Officer at Tactical Air Command’s headquarters, the Director of Operations and Air Officer Commanding Training Command. From June 2000 to April 2001, Wuyep served as Air Officer Operations.
In April 2001 Wuyep was made Chief of the Air Staff, the senior appointment in the Nigerian Air Force and he was promoted Air Marshalon 1 October 2001.
Air Marshal Jonah Domfa Wuyep turns 69 today.