Abba Kyari (businessman)

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Abba Kyari
Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria
Assumed office
27 August 2015
Preceded byJones Arogbofa
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
University of Warwick
Nigerian Law School
Harvard Business School

Abba Kyari is the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and was appointed to the position on 27 August 2015.[1]


Abba Kyari graduated (?=)with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, England in 1980.[2] He also possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, England and was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School in 1983.[3] In 1984, he obtained a master's degree in law from the University of Cambridge.[2] He later attended the International Institute for Management Development at Lausanne, Switzerland and participated in the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School, in 1992 and 1994.


Abba Kyari worked for the law firm Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo for some time after his return to Nigeria.[4] From 1988 to 1990, he was Editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited Kaduna. In 1990 he served as Commissioner for Forestry and Animal Resources in Borno State. From 1990 to 1995, Kyari was Secretary to the Board of African International Bank Limited. Abba Kyari was Executive Director, Management Services, United Bank for Africa Plc. (UBA) and was later appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Bank. He was appointed a Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc. in 2002 and is a Director of Exxon Mobil Nigeria. He is a recipient of the Nigerian Honor Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (O.O.N).


  1. ^ Bakare, Tonye. "Buhari appoints Lawal as SGF, Kyari as CoS". Guardian Nigeria. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Exxon Mobil Nigeria Board of Directors". Exxon Mobil. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. ^ Aboyade, Funke. "From Dublin, Law School Set of '83 Plans Big". This Day Live Nigeria. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ Bolashodun, Oluwatobi. "Fani-Kayode Reacts To Abba Kyari's Appointment". Naij. Retrieved 29 August 2015.