Buhari's chief of staff Ibrahim Gambari places his diplomatic pawns
For the last year, the Nigerian president's chief of staff has been methodically appointing his inner circle to key diplomatic posts.
Although Moussa Faki looks certain to be re-elected as chairperson of the African Union Commission, his deputy and six commissioners have still to be found among the 90 applicants for the different posts.
Since the position of African Union commissioner for peace and security was created in 2003, it has been held by an Algerian. But now there's near-unanimous agreement that the job, with expanded responsibilities, should go to another African powerhouse:
President Muhammadu Buhari's new chief of staff Ibrahim Gambari could not have arrived at a better time to help the chairman of the African Development Bank with his bid for a second mandate while the United States pushes for an external probe into his handling of the institution.