Ibrahim Agboola Gambari (CFR) was born on November 24,1944 in Ilorin, Kwara to a Fulani rulling class family and he’s what some termed Yoruba-Fulani.
He attended Kings College Lagos and subsequently London School of Economics where he obtained his B. Sc. (Economics) degree (1968) with specialisation in International Relations. He later obtained his M.A. (1970) and Ph. D. (1974) degrees from Columbia University, New York, USA in Political Science /International Relations.
He held several positions in politics some of which are; Minister for External Affairs and Nigeria Ambassador to the United Nations, before his recent appointment as the Chief of Staff after the death of the former Chief of Staff Abba Kyari.