Baba Gana Kingibe

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Baba Gana Kingibe
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Preceded by Matthew Mbu
Succeeded by Tom Ikimi
Minister of Internal Affairs
Minister of Power and Steel
Secretary to the Federal Government
In office
July 2007 – Sept 2008
Succeeded by Mahmud Yayale Ahmed
Personal details
Born 1945

Baba Gana Kingibe (born 1945) is a Nigerian politician and political appointee havening held many high-level Nigerian governmental posts. He hails from Borno State in the northeastern part of Nigeria, and is of Kanuri extraction.

Amb. Baba Gana Kingibe also served from October 2002 to September 2006 as AU Special Envoy to Sudan and subsequently Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and head of the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and Darfur.[1]

Political career[edit]

SDP years[edit]

Kingibe entered Nigerian political scene during the beginning of the Third Nigerian Republic. In 1988, he was made director of organization of the People's Front of Nigeria (PFN) [2] which was then led by Shehu Musa Yar'Adua. The PFN later joined Social Democratic Party in 1989. During the conduct of elections for national executive positions in the party, Kingibe was sponsored by the People's Front faction of SDP as the party's chairman, a position he went on to clinch. As chairman, Kingibe was involved in the organization of party's gubernatorial and presidential primaries in 1991 and 1992 respectively. However, after the cancellations of presidential elections in 1992 in which Shehu Yaradua was a candidate, Kingibe put himself forward as a presidential candidate. He made a split from his initial camp,[3] the PFN group and used his relationships with SDP state party chariman to build his campaign. He lost the keenly contested primary conducted in Jos but after much prodding from SDP governors, he was selected by the primary winner, MKO Abiola as Vice-presidential running mate, creating a muslim-muslim ticket which was initially thought to be a deal breaker in the general elections.[3] The pair won the electoral majority although the result was annulled by abdicating president General Ibrahim Babangida. Baba later joined General Sani Abacha as the Foreign Minister of Nigeria from 1993 to 1995. Baba also served as Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Power and Steel, Nigeria's Ambassador to Greece and Pakistan.[1]

Fourth Republic[edit]

In June 2007, he was appointed Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria. He was unceremoniously removed from office on September 8, 2008 by the President, Umaru Yar'Adua after spreading rumors about the President's ill-health while believed to be contending for the presidency.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Nigeria president exerts authority in power struggle" Mail & Guardian retrieved September 11, 2008
  2. ^ Idowu Adelusi. Kingibe to move to Aso Rock Villa?. Nigerian Tribune, July 7, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Frank Kokori: The Struggle for June 12". Safari Books. 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nigerian leader appears in public" BBC News

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