- Professor Ibrahim Gambari has been confirmed as President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff
- This confirmation was done by the president himself on Wednesday, May 13
- In fact, Gambari attended his first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in State House, Abuja
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At last, the office of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari has been confirmed by the presidency.
Professor Gambari resumed his new duty as President Buhari's CoS after he was presented before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) during its meeting on Wednesday, May 13, Channels TV reports.
The new chief of staff was shown round the State House facilities by Alhaji Tijani Umar, the permanent secretary of the house.
This confirms the viral speculations and unconfirmed reports by many media outfits and presidential sources in the country in recent times.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Gambari may succeed late Abba Kyari as the chief of staff to the president.
There were strong indications that Gambari’s appointment would be announced at the FEC meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
However, there had 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 was 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 would succeed Kyari, who died of COVID-19 complications.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that amid growing dialogue on who would become Nigeria's next chief of staff, members of the FEC were reportedly pushing for the appointment of one of them as Kyari's successor.
Some of the ministers who want one of them to be chosen have set the wheel on the fast lane in order to convince President Buhari that one of them is capable of taking the baton where Kyari dropped it.
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Legit.ng recalls that Kyari, considered the most powerful chief of staff in the history of Nigeria, died on Friday, April 17, at the First Consultants Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos after weeks of a battle with complications from Covid-19 infection.
The Borno-born lawyer turned politician was buried on Saturday, April 18, according to Islamic rites. He was interred at exactly 11.20am at the military cemetery in Abuja’s Gudu neighbourhood amidst tears from family members and supporters.
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