Finally, after all the speculations and predictions, the President; General Muhamadu Buhari has finally disclosed the appointment of his new Chief of staff- prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
Following the death of former chief of staff, Abba Kyari from complications arising from Coronavirus, on the 17th April 2020, the president has appointed professor Ibrahim Gambari as his replacement.
The appointment of his new chief of staff has been met with diverse reaction. Check out some of the reasons for these reactions especially the not-so positive ones.
Ten things you should Know about Ibrahim Gambari; New chief of staff.
- The new chief of Staff is a Northern Muslim. He is a Fulani man from Kwara. He was born in Ilorin, Kwara State on November 24, 1944. His appointment as new chief of staff was recommended and endorsed by the Emir of Ilorin.
- Gambari is a seasoned academician. He had his secondary education in King’s College. And attended the London School of Economics for his Bachelor’s degree in Economics with specialisation in International Relations.
- He started out his career in academics in 1969 at City University of New York. Over the years, his experience within the academic field has featured days in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State; Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University and Howard University, Brookings Institution in Washington D.C too is not left out, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, and also the Rockefeller Foundation-run center in Italy. He is presently the Chancellor, Kwara State University.
- The 75 year-old academician is a renowned retired diplomat. He has represented Nigeria on several international assignments. Gambari has been in the scene of politics for quite a while, although he has always been really lowkey.
- This is not Gambari’s first time working with President Muhammadu Buhari. He has once served within the cabinet of the president between 1984 and 1985. Then he was the Minister for External Affairs while Buhari was the military Head of state.
- He has worked under four Secretary Generals of the UN and has served in several capacities. He has served as the Chairman of the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid between 1990 and 1994. He was one of the five members of the Independent Eminent Experts on the “Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and your responsibilities at the world body” between 1990 and 2012. He’s also served as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur effective in January 2010.
- He was an active part of the historic June 12 political misnomer. He encouraged the annulment of the June 12, 1993 general election that was won by the famous Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
- He played a major role in the the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa. And he has since then been in the bad books of the people of the Niger Delta.
- Over the years, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has enjoyed, and still enjoys global recognition. In 2012, Gambari our new chief of staff was honored in South Africa with South Africa’s highest non-citizen national honour on October 26, 2012. This is only to mention one of the many global awards.
- In Nigeria, he is recognized with the third highest national honour, Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR).