Buhari appoints Kingibe as Special Envoy on Chad, Lake Chad Basin Region



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.

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation disclosed this in a statement Monday.

According to the SGF, this appointment of a Special Envoy by the President is also in consonance with the 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 Special Envoy will amongst others: 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 ’s rule; Collaborate with member Countries and partners in the region with similar initiatives to restore stability, promote peace and, security; and Promote any other initiative ancillary to the restoration of peace and security in Chad, the North East and the Lake Chad Basin Region.

“President has by this appointment demonstrated the determination of to lead regional security efforts that will stabilize the Lake Chad Basin Region, bring peace to Chad and ultimately the Boko Haram in the North East zone of Nigeria. This is also a fulfilment of the President’s promise to General Mahamat Deby Itno, the President of the Transitional Military of Chad, to support a seamless progress towards return to democratic rule, when he visited in May, 2021

“The Special Envoy, 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. He had also participated in previous -led Chadian reconciliation talks ( 1 & II as well as Lagos 1 & II)”, the statement said.