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.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha disclosed this in a press release on Monday, adding that, the appointment of a Special Envoy by the President 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.
According to the statement, the Special Envoy will amongst others:
(i)Monitor developments in Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region;
(ii) aid reconciliation and seamless progress towards return to
democratic rule at the end of the current Transitional Military Council’s rule;
(iii) Collaborate with member Countries and partners in the region with similar initiatives to restore stability, promote peace and, security; and
(iv) Promote any other initiative ancillary to the restoration of peace and security in Chad, the North East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin Region.
The Special Envoy, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe is a 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 Nigeria-led Chadian reconciliation talks (Kano 1 & II as well as Lagos 1 & II).