The Nigerian President, General Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as his new Chief of Staff, to replace the late Abba Kyari.
Agboola who hails from Kwara State, was in the past, the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.
He served under five Heads of State and President, while acting as Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (January 1990 to October 1999), thereby making him the longest serving, in that capacity.
The new Chief of Staff was born on November 24, 1944 in Ilorin, ans was Nigeria’s representative at the United Nations in 1995 when Ogoni environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight other activists were hanged by the then-military government of General Sani Abacha, according to Reuters.
He was rejected by the people of the Niger Delta for defending Abacha’s actions against international condemnation at the time of Saro-Wiwa’s execution.
Gambari also supported the annulment of the June 12,1993 election won by business tycoon, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
On March 4, 2013, he was named by the Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, as the pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University.
Gambari attended King’s College, Lagos. He subsequently attended the London School of Economics where he obtained his B.Sc. (Economics) degree (1968) with specialisation in International Relations.
He later obtained his M.A. (1970) and Ph. D. (1974) degrees from Columbia University, New York, USA, in Political Science/International Relations.