President Buhari earlier today appointed Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as his new Chief of Staff following the death of Abba Kyari.
Here are some facts you need to know about the new appointee;
Gambari was the former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA)
He was subsequently appointed by the former Secretary-General of United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur in January 2010.
Gambari was Nigeria’s envoy to 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 Ahmad, 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.
Giving to his political antecedents, Gambari earned himself a chance of being at the top list of people considered for this position and eventually earned it.