President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR as his Chief of Staff. Gambari, an indigene of Kwara State, replaced Abba Kyari who died on April 17 from coronavirus-related complications.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation made the disclosure at the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting.
Gambari resumed in the Presidential Villa, Abuja and is currently participating in the resumed Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the President.
He was received on arrival at the Presidential Villa by Senior Presidency officials including the Director of Protocol, Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed and the Permanent Secretary State House, Mallam Tijani Umar.
Others include the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs, Office of the Vice President, Amb. Abdullahi Gwari as well as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garuba Shehu who all ushered him into the Aso Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
During the meeting, the SGF formally announced Gambari as the new CoS to the President. Gambari took his official seat as Chief of Staff to the President immediately after his introduction by the SGF.
Undoubtedly Prof Gambari as Buhari’s Chief of Staff has so far been described as the regime’s most luminous appointment. Gambari is one of Nigeria’s most credentialed and globally visible citizen British High Commissioner To Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, Top Government Officials Others Congratulate Ibrahim Gambari On His Appointment As Chief Of Staff by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Catriona Laing The British High Commissioner To Nigeria took to her Twitter page to congratulate the newly appointed Chief Of Staff
Obi reacting, described Gambari’s appointment as a good step by Buhari. On his Twitter page
Also, a former presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Kingsley Moghalu said Buhari made an excellent decision with Gambari’s appointment. On his Twitter page
Gambari served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 under General Muhammadu Buhari’s military regime. From 1990 to 1999, he holds the record of being the longest serving Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations, serving under five Heads of State and Presidents.
As a diploma Gambari has held several positions in the United Nations. In 1999, he was the President of UNICEF and later became UN Under Secretary-General and the first Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan from 1999 to 2005.
He was the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2007 under Secretary-General’s Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon. His last appointment in the UN was from January 2010 to July 2012, when he was appointed by Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as the Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur.