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Buhari Celebrates His Chief Of Staff, Gambari At 77, Says He’s Still Strong

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President Muhammadu Buhari has rolled out the drums to celebrate his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari who clocked 77 today, November 24.

The President spoke after the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) announced, at the beginning of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential villa, Abuja, that Professor Gambari’s birthday is today.
President Buhari congratulated Professor on the attainment of age 77, and added in a lighter mood: “you are still going strong. Congratulations!”
The ministers who were at the meeting chorused with laughter and birthday good wishes.
Professor Gambari joined the government as Chief of Staff twenty months ago following the demise of the former holder of the office, Abba Kyari.
Before this time, Professor Gambari had served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Military Government, led by the then Major General Muhammadu Buhari in the 1980s and went on to serve as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
He thereafter joined the United Nations system, rising to the position of Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser on Africa, serving as the joint African Union and UN Special Representative in some of the world’s troubled countries including Angola, Darfur, Iraq and Myanmar.
Described as an accomplished academic, Professor Gambari has taught at the City University of New York, the State University of New York at Albany and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as well as served as a Visiting Professor at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Baltimore, Maryland.
He is widely published in Nigerian and international scholarly journals and has written several books on Nigerian foreign policy.
Professor Gambari is the founder of the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, a non-governmental “think-tank” established in Abuja.

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