President Muhammadu Buhari is set to announce a former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Professor Agboola Ibrahim Gambari as his Chief of Staff.
Equally important, Prof. Gambari will replace Buhari’s former Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who died of complications from the COVID-19 disease.
1st News gathered that Gambari, who was Buhari’s Foreign Minister and confidant as military Head of State in the 1980s; met with the President at about 8 am on Tuesday, May 12, at the State House, Abuja.
The new Chief of Staff will resume work at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
- Gambari, as foreign minister, played a key role in quelling the diplomatic uproar generated by the failed attempt to kidnap Umaru Dikko from the UK by the Buhari military government.
- A scholar and seasoned diplomat, Gambari served as minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. He was appointed by former United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon and the chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur in 2010.
- He also served as Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues for the UN Secretary-General. Prior to that, he served as an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).
- He holds the record of being the longest-serving Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (January 1990 to October 1999) and altogether served under five Heads of State and President.
- The new chief of Staff, an Ilorin prince, was born on November 24, 1944.
- On March 4, 2013, he was named by the Kwara State governor, AbdulFatah Ahmad, as the pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University.
- Gambari attended King’s College, Lagos. He subsequently attended the London School of Economics where he obtained his B.Sc. (Economics) degree (1968) with specialisation in International Relations.
- He later obtained his M.A. (1970) and Ph. D. (1974) degrees from Columbia University, New York, USA, in Political Science/International Relations.