Buhari appoints Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff

File Photo: Prof. Ibrahim Gambari

By Agency Report

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed renowned diplomat and former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as his new Chief of Staff.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha made the disclosure before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

Consequently, Professor Gambari has arrived at the Presidential Villa for the FEC meeting which is presided by President Muhammadu Buhari and has the 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 are physically in the meeting while the remaining cabinet members will join the meeting virtually.

Professor Gambari’s appointment comes after the death of the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died of coronavirus (COVID-19) complications on April 17, 2020.

Gambari arrives at Aso Rock Abuja

He served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.

He held several leadership positions at the national and international levels and has built extensive contacts with governments, as well as public and private institutions, especially in Africa.

The 75-year-old diplomat was also the Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid (1990-1994).

He later served as Under-Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs between 2005 and 2007.

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