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Exactly 25 days after the burial of former Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari who died of complications from COVID-19, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed his replacement – Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari. 

The formal announcement was made Wednesday afternoon during the Federal Executive Council Meeting. This is according to a Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, who announced the development on Twitter. 

President @MBuharihas appointed Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as his Chief of Staff, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, announced the appointment today at the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting.

— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad)May 13, 2020

While the flurry of encomiums and congratulatory messages continue to pour in, it is expedient to briefly look at Gambari’s pedigree. He has held numerous leadership positions (both national and international) and garnered experiences that validate his competencies. He was appointed Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid in 1990, a position he held till 1994. He became Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations in 1990 and served there for 9 years. 

Between1999 and 2005, he served with the United Nations as the first Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General in Africa. At about the same time, he was the Resident Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission to Angola. He was also the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs between 2005 and 2007. The professor is also a one-time Minister for External Affairs (1984-1985), joining the African Union at the time as a national delegate.