Prof Agboola Gambari Becomes New Chief Of Staff


President Muhammadu Buhari    appointed Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as his new Chief of Staff last week.

He replaces the late Alhaji Abba Kyari who died on Friday, April 17, 2020.

Born into a prosperous Gambari royal family of Ilorin, Kwara State  on November 24, 1944, Professor Ibrahim  Agboola Gambari who is widely experienced  has an ‘intimidating’  profile and he  has gained practical international work experience.

A Professor of Political Science and International Relations, he served as Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.

Agboola  was also Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations  between 1990 and 1999 and later served  as  Under-Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs  between 2005 and 2007.

The new Chief of Staff   has blue blood and   he is an agnate sibling of the   9th Emir of llorin, Alhaji Zulukarnaini Gambari.

Prof Agboola Gambari is the fifth person to serve as Chief of Staff.

Interestingly, the pioneer Chief of Staff was General Abdulahi Mohammed also an illustrious son of Ilorin. The retired General who got to Presidential Villa in  1998 as General Abubakar Abdulsalami’s  National Security Adviser did not leave  Aso Rock until 2nd of  June 2008.

Mohammed served as Chief of Staff under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and he was retained by late Alhaji Umaru Yar’ Adua.