The Nigerian presidency has appointed renowned diplomat and former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The announcement of the 75-year-old diplomat as C.O.S was made known shortly before the Federal Executive Council meeting earlier this week by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha.
The Vice President, Prof. Yomi Osinbanjo alongside the Ministers of information and Culture, Transport, Solid minerals, Power, Agriculture, and Budget and National planning were physically at the meeting while the remaining cabinet members joined the meeting virtually.
Professor Gambari who served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 replaced the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died on April 17, 2020, from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Professor Gambari attended the Provincial Secondary School, Ilorin before proceeding to the Floreat Collegium Kings College, Lagos.
He has a BSc (Economics) degree from the London School of Economics (1968) and also an MA and Ph.D. in Political Science/International Relations (1970, 1974) from Columbia University, USA.
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.
Rumors have it that, He will report directly to the Commander-In-Chief of the Nation, President Muhammadu Buhari.