- Unconfirmed reports claim that Professor Ibrahim Gambari who once served as a minister of external affairs may be appointed as the next chief of staff to President Buhari
- There are claims in the media that Gambari’s appointment would be announced at the Federal Executive Council meeting
- However, there has been no official confirmation yet from the presidency about Gambari's supposed appointment
Unconfirmed reports claim a former minister of external affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, may succeed late Abba Kyari as the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Channels TV reports that there are strong indications that Gambari’s appointment would be announced at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
However, there has been no official confirmation yet from the presidency about Gambari's supposed appointment.
Professor Gambari served as the minister for external affairs between 1984 and 1985. He is reported to have held several leadership positions at the national and international levels.
The former diplomat served as ambassador/permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations between January 1990 to October 1999.
If appointed, Gambari will succeed the former chief of staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died of COVID-19 complications.
Meanwhile, amid growing dialogue on who becomes Nigeria's next chief of staff, All Progressive Congress (APC) said it is not concerned about the new man to take over as Abba Kyari's successor.
The ruling party, in a statement by its spokesperson Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the appointment of the chief of staff is within the power of President Muhammadu Buhari, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng notes that since the death of Abba Kyari who passed away due to Covid-19 complications, many top Nigerians have been tipped to occupy his position with Babagana Kingibe, a very powerful politician, leading the race.
Reacting to the insinuation that APC may have some influence on the next CoS, the ruling party's national publicist said the party will not be involved.
He warned against the politicisation of the position while also maintaining that it is the president who has the right to choose who he wants.
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