News Investigators/ Former United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Ibrahim Gambari has been appointed the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Gambari, 74, is an astute diplomat and former Minister of Foreign Affairs during the military regime of Mr. Buhari in the 1984-1985.
Unconfirmed report said the President settled for the Ilorin prince from among other names pencilled down as replacement for Mallam Abba Kyari, who died last month of COVID-19.
Among the names earlier mentioned as possible replacement for Mr. Kyari include: Buba Marwa, a retired military administrator, Babagana Kingibe, a politician and diplomat, Adamu Adamu, Minister for Education among others.
Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Gambari who is also a close confidant of the late Chief of Staff met with the President at about 8am at the State House, Abuja.
The new Chief of Staff will resume work at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
Gambari, as foreign minister, played a key role in quelling the diplomatic uproar generated by the failed attempt to kidnap Mallam Umaru Dikko from UK by the Buhari military government.
A scholar and seasoned diplomat, Gambari served as minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. He was appointed by former United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon and the chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur in 2010.