President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as Special Envoy with Cabinet Rank Status to Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region.
A statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha on Monday in Abuja noted that the appointment as Special Envoy by the President is also 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.
Among the terms of reference for Kingibe includes monitoring developments in Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region; including aiding reconciliation and seamless progress towards a return to democratic rule at the end of the current Transitional Military Council’s rule.
Kingibe has also been saddled with the responsibility of collaborating 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 Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin Region.
According to the SGF, President Buhari has by this 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.
He said this is a fulfilment of the President’s promise to General Mahamat Deby Itno, the President of the Transitional Military Council of Chad, to support seamless progress towards a return to democratic rule, when he visited Nigeria in May 2021
The statement described Kingibe who is now the Special Envoy as 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 Nigeria-led Chadian reconciliation talks Kano 1 & II as well as Lagos 1 & II.