It has now become official that former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has been appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as his new Chief of Staff.
Allnews reports that the rumour mill had gone overdrive yesterday when the news first broke without a confirmation from the official spokespersons of the presidency.
Gambari arrived at the Presidential Villa, Abuja about 10.53 am on Wednesday and was welcomed by the State House Permanent Secretary, Mr Tijani Umar, and some senior presidency directors.
Gambari was screened on arrival for COVID-19, including having his temperature checked and using a hand sanitiser, before he was ushered into the main building.
Shortly afterwards, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha announced the appointment before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
Gambari's appointment comes after the death of the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died of coronavirus (COVID-19) complications on April 17, 2020.
The new chief of staff, who is from Kwara state, was the minister of external affairs from 1984 to 1985 under Buhari’s military regime.
He has held several leadership positions at the national and international levels and has built extensive contacts with governments, as well as public and private institutions, especially in Africa.
The 75-year-old diplomat was also the Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid (1990-1994).
He later served as Under-Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs between 2005 and 2007.