By Ayo Kehinde
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, as the new Chief of Staff. He replaces Alhaji Abba Kyari who died from coronavirus disease last month.
The 76 year -old Gambari was one time Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 before he joined United Nations where he served as a former Joint Special Representative of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), former UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, former Head of the UN Mission in Angola and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. He has authored of not less than nine books on international affairs and politics He hails from Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Just like his skill in international diplomacy had exposed him to leadership in the global level, his academic life spans the international and local circuit from Queen’s College, City University of New York, where he began his teaching career as a lecturer in 1969 to 1974, followed by an Assistant Professorship at the State University of New York, from 1974 to1977). Upon returning to Nigeria, he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, (1977-1980), and rose to become an Associate Professor (Reader), (1980-1983) and subsequently full Professor at the same University in 1983.
He was until his appointment the Founder/Chairman of Savannah Center, an Abuja based, think-tank for research, training and public policy debate on the connection between diplomacy (conflict resolution), democracy and development in Africa.
He holds the national award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, CFR