President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former member of the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, as Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.
The new Senior Special Assistant to the President chaired the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity between 2003 and 2007.
She also was a former chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs between 2007 and 2015.
She worked for the Nigerian Television Authority for 15 years, anchoring the weekly NTA Newsline programme and taking a particular interest in poverty and social justice issues.
She retired from her position at Nigerian Television Authority to stand for election in the House of Representatives, as a lawmaker representing Ikorodu in Lagos State.
Dabiri-Erewa was born in Jos, Plateau State and attended Maryland Private School, Maryland, Ikeja and St. Teresa’s College, Ibadan, for her primary and secondary education respectively.
She obtained her first degree in English Language from the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, before proceeding to the University of Lagos where she obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma, PGD, in Mass Communication. She also obtained a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the same university.
Dabiri-Erewa also studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.