There have been several speculations about the possible replacement of late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari since his death in April, 2020 after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The latest in the speculation is a former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who may be named the next Chief of Staff to the President.
Abuja Business Reports gathered that Gambari, who was Buhari’s Foreign Minister and confidant as military Head of State in the 1980s, met with the President at about 8am on Tuesday at the State House, Abuja.
He is expected to resume work at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
Channels Tv reports that although the Presidency has yet to formally confirm this, there are strong indications that the announcement will be made at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
Gambari held several leadership positions at the national and international levels, and has built extensive contacts with governments, as well as public and private institutions, especially in Africa.
The 75-year-old diplomat was also the Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid (1990-1994).
He later served as Under-Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs between 2005 and 2007.
If confirmed on Wednesday, Professor Gambari will succeed the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died of coronavirus (COVID-19) complications.
According to the Presidency, Kyari who was President Buhari’s chief of staff since 2015 died on April 17 at the age of 67.
He was said to have been infected with COVID-19 almost two weeks after he returned from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.
On March 29, the late Chief of Staff confirmed in a statement that he had tested positive for the disease, putting an end to the controversy surrounding his health status.
He was laid to rest on April 18, a day after the Presidency announced his death.
The speculated new Chief of Staff, an Ilorin Prince, was born on November 24, 1944.