President Buhari has Appointed Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as his New Chief of Staff to Replace Late Abba Kyari.
Biography of Professor Gambari:
Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR was born on November 24, 1944, in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria). He is a Nigerian scholar and diplomat. He was Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.
Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari is a seasoned diplomat who was appointed by the former Secretary-General of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon as the chairperson of the African Union Commission and Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur with effect from 1 January 2010.
Currently, he is the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the International Compact with Iraq and other Issues. He also previously served as the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (USG) for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). He was appointed to this position on June 10, 2005, and assumed the post on July 1, 2005.
On March 4, 2013, Ibrahim Gambari was named by the Kwara State Governor, AbdulFatah Ahmad, as the pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University, making him the ceremonial head of the university who presides over convocations to award degrees and diplomas and also supports the vision and mission of the university in all respects, including fundraising, social, economic and academic goals. As a university that continues to gain credence as a community development University with world class standards, the selection of Gambari is expected to give the institution additional international boost and recognition.
Gambari is also co-chair of the Albright-Gambari Commission.
Professor Gambari attended King’s College, Lagos. He subsequently attended the London School of Economics where he obtained his B. Sc. (Economics) degree (1968) with specialization 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.
Gambari began his teaching career in 1969 at City University of New York before working at University of Albany. Later, he taught at Ahmadu Bello University, in Zaria, Kaduna State. From 1986 to 1989, he was visiting Professor at three universities in Washington, D.C.: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University and Howard University. He has also been a research fellow at the Brookings Institution also in Washington D.C. and a Resident Scholar at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center, the Rockefeller Foundation-run center in Italy. He was accorded, Honoris Causa, the title of Doctor of Humane Letters (D.Hum.Litt.) from the University of Bridgeport. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins University’s Society of Scholars. He was decorated with the title of Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) by the Government of Nigeria.