Baba Gana Kingibe
Former Secretary to the Federal Government
Date of Birth: 26/06/1945
Place of Birth: Borno State
Education: Borno Provincial Secondary School, 1958-60; Native Authority Scholarship, Bishop Stortford School, United Kingdom, 1960; International Relations, University of Sussex, UK; PhD, Switzerland.
Career: Research and Planning Officer, Ahmadu Bello University; Lecturer, International Relations, Ahmadu Bello University, 1969-71; Head, Current Affairs and Features Department, Northern Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, 1970-72; External Affairs Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, Lagos, 1972-75; Principal Political Secretary, Supreme Military Headquarters, Lagos, Principal Political Secretary, Executive Office of the President, 1976-81; Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1995-95; Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria 2007-08.
Commentary: Babagana was Secretary to the Government until he was sacked by Yar'Adua in 2008, who suspected him of scheming against him. He had previously fallen out with Yar'Adua's brother, Shehu Musa, in the eralyl nineties and has amassed many enemies in over 30 years in government. He was succeeded by Yayale Ahmed, previously Minister of Defence.
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They add that the Secretary to the Government, Baba Gana Kingibe, is a veteran diplomat who will oversee the most important foreign relationships...
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Shrewdly, Yar'Adua has appointed Baba Gana Kingibe as Secretary to the Government, to bridge the gaps between the presidency, National Assembly, civil service and other public institutions...
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Pronk and AU Envoy Baba Gana Kingibe jointly condemned the attacks...
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African Union Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe (Nigeria) told the BBC it was 'utterly incomprehensible that GOS [Government of Sudan] forces...
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The international change of mood shone from a furious joint statement on 7 April by African Union Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe and his UN counterpart, Jan Pronk, expressing 'utter shock and disbelief' at the 'relentless day long attack on Khor Abeche by armed militia of the Miseriyya tribe...