Musa Salmanu retired from the Nigerian Air Force in October 2017 after a career spanning over two decades. Musa served in various capacities within and outside the Nigerian Military including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations (UN), and recently, the Irish Embassy. Before taking up the appointment as the Senior Military Adviser – Nigeria at CIVIC, Musa was the Humanitarian Development officer for Irish Aid in Nigeria. Earlier, in his role as a member of faculty at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Musa facilitated and trained mid-career student officers of Captain and Major ranks and equivalent from the Nigerian military and those of sister African countries; para-military and other civilian Ministries, Departments and Agencies in issues regarding complex humanitarian emergencies, international peace and security. Before then, as the Press Officer to Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Nigerian Air Force, Musa was responsible to the CAS on strategic communications focusing on influencing policy response to complex humanitarian emergencies in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East of Nigeria.

Musa is a 2000 graduate of BSc Political Science and Defence Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy and has an MSc in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Wing Commander Musa Salmanu (rtd) has an MA in Conflict Security and Development from King’s College London and is also a graduate of the United States Air Force (USAF) Air Command and Staff College where he bagged a Masters in Military Operational Arts and Science. Musa is a recipient of the United Nations Medal for his service in pursuit of international peace and security. He is also a recipient of the Armed Forces of Nigeria Forces Service Star (FSS) for unblemished service in the Nigerian military. He has also trained at the Pardee Rand Graduate School, and the Tufts University both in the USA, United Nations University in Tokyo Japan, Pinnacle PR Institute in the UK, University of South Africa and the Partner for Peace Training Center in Turkey amongst others.

Musa is a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow and an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).