On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed former Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, as his new Chief of Staff.
- Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who is a Nigerian scholar and a diplomat, was born on November 24, 1944, in Ilorin, Kwara state.
- He attended King’s College, Lagos, and then attended the London School of Economics where he obtained his B. Sc. (Economics) degree (1968) in International Relations.
- Gambari later obtained his M.A. (1970) and Ph. D. (1974) degrees from Columbia University, New York, the USA in Political Science/International Relations.
- He was appointed Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. Gambari was the pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU) and now co-chairs the Albright-Gambari Commission.
- Gambari was also appointed by the SecretaryGeneral of United Nations Ban Ki-moon and the chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur effective from 1 January 2010.
- He is currently the Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues for the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- Previously, he served as the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (USG) for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). He was appointed on June 10, 2005, and assumed the post on July 1 of that year.
- He is a member of the Johns Hopkins University’s Society of Scholars.
- He holds the national of Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).