President Buhari Appoints Amb. Kingibe As Special Envoy On Chad & Lake Chad Basin

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BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as his Special Envoy with Cabinet Rank Status, to Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region.

This was contained in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha in which he stated that the appointment is in consonance with the resolution of the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Member Countries, on the situation in Chad on the 25th of May, 2021.

The statement further states that the Special Envoy will amongst others things, monitor developments in Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region; aid reconciliation and seamless progress towards return to democratic rule at the end of the current Transitional Military Council’s rule and collaborate with member Countries and partners in the region with similar initiatives to restore stability, promote peace and security.

The Special Envoy is also to promote any other initiative ancillary to the restoration of peace and security in Chad, the North East of Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin Region.

The SGF said that President Buhari has by the appointment demonstrated the determination of Nigeria to lead regional security efforts that will stabilize the Lake Chad Basin Region, bring peace to Chad and ultimately eliminate the Boko Haram Insurgency in the North East zone of Nigeria.

According to Mustapha; “This is also a fulfilment of the President’s promise to General Mahamat Deby Itno, the President of the Transitional Military Council of Chad, to support a seamless progress towards return to democratic rule, when he visited Nigeria in May, 2021”.

Ambassador Babagana Kingibe is an accomplished multi-lingual diplomat, who had at various times served the nation as Federal Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Constituent Assembly, Cabinet Minister and Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The Newly appointed Special Envoy had also participated in previous Nigeria-led Chadian reconciliation talks (Kano 1 & II as well as Lagos 1 & II).

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