President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as his new Chief of Staff.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, announced the appointment before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday
Professor Gambari replaces the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died on April 17, 2020, due to complications from coronavirus.
Profile of the new Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari:
"Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari, CFR, OCORT, a scholar-diplomat, is the Founder/Chairman of the Board of Directors of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, a non-governmental think-tank on research, policy studies, advocacy and training on the nexus between conflict prevention and resolution, democratisation and development in Africa. He has had an illustrious career, spanning academia, government and international diplomacy, culminating with his appointment as the first United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa (1999-2005). He was the Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid (1990-1994) and on Peace-Keeping Operations (1990—1999).
He was Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (2005-2007) and also operated as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Zimbabwe and Myanmar, and Special Representative in Angola. Earlier, he was Minister of External Affairs (1984-1985) and subsequently Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (1990-1999). Professor Gambari also served as Joint AU/UN Special Representative in Darfur and Head of UNAMID (2010-2012). He is currently a Chairperson of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Professor Gambari attended the Provincial (now Government) Secondary School, Ilorin, before proceeding to the Floreat Collegium Kings College, Lagos. He received his BSc (Econ) degree from the London School of Economics (1968) and his MA and PhD in Political Science/International Relations (1970, 1974) from Columbia University, USA. He has taught at Universities in the United States, Nigeria and Singapore, and has to his credit the authorship of a number of books.
He has received several academic and national honours, including the “Commander of Federal Republic of Nigeria” (CFR), and the “Order of the Champion of the Oliver R. Tambo” (OCORT) of South Africa. He is the Pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Ilorin, Nigeria, as well as the current Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Bayero University, Kano (BUK). He is married with children and grandchildren.
Following his appointment, Professor Gambari arrived at the Presidential Villa for the FEC meeting which was presided by President Muhammadu Buhari and had Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in attendance. Other Ministers at the meeting include Ministers of Information and Culture, Transport, Solid minerals, Power, Agriculture, and Budget and National planning were physically in the meeting while the remaining cabinet members joined the meeting virtually. Source- Channels TV