Lieutenant Colonel Musa Salmanu is responsible to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) on strategic communications and influences policy response to complex humanitarian emergencies in the fight against Boko Haram in north eastern Nigeria. Salmanu is passionate about education as a means to achieve tolerance, peace and prosperity. He informally started programs in his local community that significantly improved high school students’ academic performance and increased the number of children attending school. Troubled by the estimated 10 million Nigerian children who are out of school and on the streets, Salmanu used his fellowship to identify programs and practices to address this problem. He aims to pilot a program that will improve school enrollment rates for children 5 to 12 years old by compensating for the lack of a social safety net: providing nutrition and food for students; education on the importance of diversity and tolerance; and outreach to families to ensure girls are not left behind.


Nigerian Air Force


Press Officer to Chief of the Air Staff

Areas of Interest

Conflict Resolution, Education, Youth Education & Development
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Single Nation/Region Program

Country of Origin


Destination Country

United States