There was an attempt to burgle the residence of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidency has said.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that the incident occurred very early on Monday morning.
His confirmation followed the report by an online news medium, Peoples Gazette, that gunmen suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of Gambari and another senior aide to the President, Abubakar Maikano – the Admin Officer, located close to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Quoting administration officials and security sources at the villa, the news outfit said that the incident forced Gambari and Maikano to abandon their residences.
The burglars were said to have raided the two houses where they reportedly packed money and other valuable assets.
‘A Foolish Attempt’
While he was silent on the purported incident at Maikano’s residence, Shehu noted that Gambari confirmed what he described as a foolish attempt to burgle his house.
“The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that there “was a foolish attempt” to burgle his residence at 3:00am this (Monday) morning, but it turned out to be unsuccessful,” the President’s spokesman said in a tweet.
He added, “Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa, has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.”
According to Peoples Gazette, the residences of the two senior aides to the President were thoroughly ransacked and no one has yet to be arrested in connection with the incidents.
This comes amid the disturbing rate of insecurity in the country with several calls on the Federal Government to secure the lives of the people and their properties.
Read the tweets by Shehu below:
Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and other relevant stakeholders to address the problem with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
He explained that this became necessary to ensure the issues raised by the judiciary workers, who have been on a nationwide strike since early April, were resolved to resume activities in various courts across the country.
Senator Ngige briefed reporters on Friday after a meeting with the President at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He noted that the meeting was to intimate President Buhari on the industrial actions by various unions in the country.
The minister said he also briefed the President about ongoing efforts by his ministry and resolutions reached, including a review of hazard allowance.
President Buhari gave the directive following a failed negotiation meeting between the Federal Government and the striking workers.
On Tuesday, leaders of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) staged a walkout from the venue of a meeting scheduled with the minister.
Chanting solidarity songs as they left the venue, the striking workers refused to listen to pleas from the permanent secretary who informed them that Ngige was holding a meeting with the government team in his office.
It was the second failed meeting scheduled with the minister in the series of discussions aimed at resolving the impasse between the government and the judiciary workers whose strike has paralysed activities across the courts in the country.
However, Ngige said the meeting was postponed to enable the government’s negotiating team harmonise all issues from the Memorandum of Understanding reached at separate meetings with tiers and arms of government.
“There is no point rushing to do a meeting that will be fruitless. The judiciary, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, and even the Presidency are involved in this negotiation because the meeting held yesterday (Monday) was at the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President.
“The arising documents are not yet properly harmonised; it will, therefore, not be fruitful to hold a negotiation where people speak from irreconcilable positions,” the minister told reporters on Tuesday.
South-West governors and traditional rulers met in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Saturday, to appraise the security situation of the zone.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, who spoke at the end of the meeting said that though the meeting was at the instance of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, the trio could not fly out of Abuja due to bad weather.
He said that the governors and the traditional rulers thereafter decided to meet to appraise the security situation in the zone.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Akeredolu read a three-point communique agreed to after the meeting.
The communique said, “that the meeting supported the decision of the National Economic Council (NEC) on forest management; that the nation’s borders need to be fully secured and protected; that open grazing must be checked and looked at and that media practitioners must assist the country to end fake news.”
The meeting, which was held inside the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Ibadan, had in attendance five governors including the host, Governor Makinde; Governors Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.
The meeting equally had in attendance the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of South-West, David Folawiyo, and security chiefs serving in Oyo State.
Others included the chairmen of Council of Traditional Rulers in each of the South-West states and some first-class monarchs.
According to Akeredolu, the meeting was held to find lasting solutions to the lingering security issues in the zone.
Some of the traditional rulers who took part in the meeting include the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunnjso 1; and Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao.
Also in attendance was the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, and other heads of security agencies in Oyo State.
The Presidency says there is no iota of truth in the allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari has upturned about 115 memos and reversed some appointments made by the late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.
In a series of tweets on his official handle late Tuesday, Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said there is not a grain of truth in these reports and wants Nigerians to ignore the insinuations behind them.
Mr Shehu said the President will never cede to anyone else the power and trust given to him by the Nigerian people.
On Sunday, the Guardian Newspaper had published a report claiming that President Buhari may have directed his new Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari to cancel all appointments and approvals made by Kyari without his permission.
“The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a number of memos and appointments signed off by his former Chief of Staff,” Shehu said on Tuesday. “Not surprisingly, these reports have quoted unnamed sources.”
“There is not a grain of truth in these reports and Nigerians should please ignore the insinuations behind them.
“President Buhari was duly re-elected by Nigerians in February 2019. He has not and will never cede to anyone else, that power and trust given to him by the Nigerian people.”
The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a number of memos and appointments signed off by his former Chief of Staff. Not surprisingly, these reports have quoted unnamed sources.
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, believes the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to the President is the right step in the right direction.
In a statement on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, the governor described Professor Gambari as a man of many parts whose vast wealth of knowledge and experience remain unrivalled in Africa.
He noted that as a thoroughbred scholar and seasoned career diplomat who served in various national and international capacities, Gambari’s appointment was “no doubt a round peg in a round hole”.
According to Governor Bello, the new Chief of Staff to the President will bring his wealth of knowledge to bear in the discharge of his new responsibility.
“Just as the Late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari played a prominent role in the success of the Buhari’s administration, your coming in to fill the vacuum will further add more colour to the administration’s achievements,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.
The governor added, “Congratulations once again and I pray that the Almighty Allah will give you the needed energy and wisdom to take on this new responsibility”.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed renowned diplomat and former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as his new Chief of Staff.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha announced the appointment before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
Following his appointment, Professor Gambari has arrived at the Presidential Villa for the FEC meeting which is presided by President Muhammadu Buhari and has Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.
Other ministers at the meeting include, Ministers of information and Culture, Transport, Solid minerals, Power, Agriculture, and Budget and National planning are physically in the meeting while the remaining cabinet members will join the meeting virtually.
Professor Gambari replaces the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died on April 17, 2020, due to complications from coronavirus (COVID-19).
He served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.
He 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).
The new Chief of Staff also served as Under-Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs between 2005 and 2007.
Professor Gambari attended the Provincial (now Government) Secondary School, Ilorin before proceeding to the Floreat Collegium Kings College, Lagos.
He received his BSc (Econs) degree from the London School of Economics (1968) and his MA and PhD in Political Science/International Relations (1970, 1974) from Columbia University, USA.
Professor Gambari has taught at universities in the United States, Nigeria, and Singapore and has to his credit the authorship of a number of books.
He has received several academic and national honours, including the “Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” (CFR), and the “Order of the Champion of the Oliver R. Tambo” (OCORT) of South Africa.
He is the Pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Ilorin, Nigeria, as well as the current Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Ibrahim Gambari as his new Chief of Staff (CoS).
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha announced Professor Gambari’s appointment before the start of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
A former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Gambari’s appointment comes weeks after the demise of the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari Kyari had died from coronavirus (COVID-19) complications on April 17, 2020.
Gambari served as the country’s Minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.
While the news of his appointment is making the rounds, here are seven things you should know about President Buhari’s new Chief of Staff:
1. Royal Blood
Born in Ilorin, Kwara State on November 24, 1944, Professor Gambari is related to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari. The 75-year-old Ilorin Prince is also the Wambai of Ilorin Emirate.
2. Seasoned Scholar
President Buhari’s new Chief of Staff started off his teaching career in 1969 at City University of New York.
It was after working with the school that he teamed up with the University of Albany before he returned home to lecture at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He was a visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University and Howard University – all in Washington D.C – between 1986 and 1989.
Also, Professor Gambari had served as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and was a Resident Scholar at the Bellagio Study and Conference Centre.
The then-Governor of Kwara State, AbdulFatah Ahmad, appointed him as the first Chancellor of the Kwara State University in 2013.
3. Started off Education in Nigeria
The seasoned scholar attended the Provincial (now Government) Secondary School, Ilorin. He later moved to the King’s College in Lagos from where he went ahead to obtain his B.Sc in Economics, at the London School of Economics (1968) with a speciality in International Relations.
Professor Gambari’s educational sojourn also saw him bagging an M.A (1970) and PhD (1974) degree in Political Science/International Relations from the Columbia University, New York, USA.
4. Long-Time Ally
Between 1984 and 1985, the Ilorin Prince served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs during President Buhari’s reign as the country’s military leader.
He is believed to have had a strong relationship with the Nigerian leader during his first administration of the West African nation so much so that the duo met daily to discuss the country’s affairs.
5. Renowned and Vastly-Experienced Diplomat
Gambari’s wealth of experience serving in several positions at international level is one area that the Buhari administration will look forward to tapping into.
He worked as the Joint Joint AU/UN Special Representative in Darfur and Head of UNAMID (2010-2012). Also, Professor Gambari was the first United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa between 1999 and 2005 and had before then, 1990-1994, chaired the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid.
As the chair of the UN’s Special Committee Against Apartheid, Professor Gambari’s duties included liaising with governments across Africa to implement the organization’s policy on stamping out apartheid. He functioned as the head of the global body’s Department of Political Affairs – 2005- 2007 –and was the Chairman of the UN’s Special Committee on Peace-keeping Operations (1990-1999).
Until his appointment as President Buhari’s CoS, the scholar was a Chairperson of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and previously worked as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Zimbabwe and Myanmar and Special Representative in Angola.
Interestingly, he was the Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (1990-1999) and had worked as the Joint AU/UN Special Representative in Darfur and Head of UNAMID between 2010 and 2012.
6. Honoured at Home and Abroad
The Founder and Chairman, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development (SCDDD), “a non-governmental think-tank on research, policy studies, advocacy,” has received several awards both at home and abroad.
The new Chief of Staff has been honoured with as a Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR), Nigeria’s third-highest honour and was in 2002 awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
In 2006, the Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey in the US, also, awarded him a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa). The co-chair of the Albright-Gambari Commission got South Africa’s highest national honour conferred on non-citizens –the Order of the Companions of O. R. Tambo –on October 26, 2012. It was conferred on him by the then-South African President Jacob Zuma.
7. Democratic Ambassador
Over the years, Professor Gambari who has a wife, Mrs Fatimah Gambari and three children, has published many books, essays, articles and journals on governance and democracy and its challenges in Africa. He is also the present the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, CFR, Nigeria’s former permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) on his appointment as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, noted that the appointment has, once again, demonstrated President Buhari’s avowed commitment to good governance by bringing on board competent Nigerians from all parts of the world to assist him in taking Nigeria to the Next Level.
It also noted that Gambari’s experience and suitability for the strategic office of Chief of Staff is not in doubt.
According to the APC, Gambari is a respected scholar, former minister, and a highly-regarded diplomat, who has worked at the highest level in the United Nations, including being the Under Secretary General of the Department of Political Affairs, Chairperson, African Union-UN Special Representative for Dafur and currently the Special Adviser on International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues to the UN Secretary-General.
He is also the founder of Savannah Center – a research, development, diplomacy and public policy think-tank and co-chair of the Albright-Gambari Commission – addressing issues such as state fragility, climate change, and the cyber‐economy.
With the aforementioned qualifications, the party said Gambari’s appointment is indeed well-thought-out and speaks volumes of the President’s penchant for excellence.
The party also said it is confident that Gambari will bring to bear his scholarly intellect, international network, professional and administrative experience in ensuring the smooth running of the office of the president and support the government to provide good governance and successfully deliver the Next Level programmes for the benefit of Nigerians.
“While our great party assures Gambari of needed support and cooperation, we wish him success in his services to our great country and the people,” the statement added.
A former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, may be the next Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
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.
Professor Gambari served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.
He 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 appointed 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.
Meanwhile, the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, said President Buhari would preside over a virtual FEC meeting from his office.
President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, preside over a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting from his office, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. pic.twitter.com/hgShXtPkNF
The Niger State Police Command have advised members of the public to maintain law and order during the forthcoming Independence Day holiday and the Eid-El-Kabir Sallah celebration.
In a statement made available to Channels Television in Minna, the Niger State Police Public Relation Officer, Ibrahim Gambari, warned the youths to be law abiding and eschew any form of criminal behaviour and to bear in mind that the Command would not tolerate any act that may cause disorder before, during and after the festive period.
The Police spokesman also appealed to parents to pay special attention to their wards to avoid being involved in anti-social behaviours or being used by criminal elements to commit crime.
“In the light of the above, any person or group of persons who attempt to cause any breach of peace across the state will face the full wrath of the law” the statement concluded.