The video below shows how cordial the relationship between the incumbent Nigerian president, Mohammadu Buhari and his new Chief of Staff, Dr. Ibrahim Gambari.
In the video, the Buhari Regime had closed all Nigeria’s land borders and this made life difficult in Niger. Therefore, the Nigerien head of state, General Seyni Kountche, visited Nigeria to meet with General Buhari. He was received at the Murtala Muhammad Airport by General Buhari and Dr Ibrahim Gambari.
Dr Gambari welcomes Seyni Kountche to Nigeria at the 1:21 minute mark.
General Buhari introduces Dr Gambari at the Council Chambers of State House, Dodan Barracks at the 6:12 minute mark.
There are two people in that video that served in almost every government in Nigeria from 1984 until the 2000s.
General Buhari introduced them as, “the external affairs minister, Dr Ibrahim Gambari” and “the minister of mines, power and steel, Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman”.
Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari served as minister of external affairs in the Buhari administration from 1984-1985 (my window at Broad Street was opposite his office smiley ).
He then became Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations and then ambassador to the United Nations during the administration of President Ibrahim Babangida. He was a professor of international relations at several American universities while he was at the UN.
Professor Gambari also served as Nigeria’s ambassador at the UN during the regime of General Sani Abacha and also during the administration of General Abdulsalam Abubakar.