The Board, Management and Staff of Regency Alliance Insurance Plc. recently hosted Ambassador Baba Gina Kingibe at the Company Head Office to celebrate his 70th birthday. The event which was graced by the presence of other Members of the Board of Directors, was one filled with gaiety and cheer to celebrate an astute elder statesman and colorful politician who played significant roles in the events that shaped the Nigerian state in the past 30 years.
Baba Gana Kingibe Born on June 25, 1945 in Maiduguri Borno State, and named after his father’s best friend Abubakar, was orphaned quite early in life at the age of 15, and rose to the height of his career as a Permanent Secretary.
Kingibe the courteous and warm son of a cobbler won a government scholarship to attend Bishop Stortford College, England, for his secondary school education. He later took a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from University of Sussex, England, in 1968, and a postgraduate diploma at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He later trained at the British Broadcasting Corporation Television Training School, London and started out as a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Ahmadu Bello University, and Zaria in 1969. He was later appointed Head, Current Affairs Department, Northern Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation. Being an ambitious young man, he left to join the Nigerian Foreign Service as External Affairs Officer.
Kingibe was variously the Senior Political Counselor, Nigeria High Commission, London and Ambassador to Greece, Cyprus and Pakistan between 1981 and 1985. Before then, he was the Principal Secretary, Political, in the Supreme Military Headquarters between 1976 and 1979. A thorough bred bureaucrat, Kingibe became Permanent Secretary in the presidency in 1986. He had also at various times been minister of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, and Power and Steel between 1993 and 1998.
He was elected the National Chairman of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) and as its vice presidential candidate in 1993. In a bid to tap from his wealth of experience, he was appointed Secretary to the Federal Government in 2007, a position he held until 2008. Kingibe is a Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).