Nigerian president names banker as chief of staff

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, pictured on July 22, 2015, made former United Bank for Africa chief Alhaji Abba Kyari his new chief of staffNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari made former United Bank for Africa chief Alhaji Abba Kyari his new chief of staff Thursday, as part of his first senior government appointments since taking office. Kyari, who has degrees in law and sociology from Cambridge and Warwick universities in the United Kingdom, has held a number of roles in the private sector, including at Unilever and Mobil, Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement. The role of government secretary went to Babachir David Lawal, an engineer with experience in telecoms, while retired colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali becomes head of the Nigerian Customs Service.

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