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Femi Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila

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OLUFEMI GBAJABIAMILA

Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila CFR, born on June 25, 1962, is a distinguished Nigerian lawyer and politician. He has been serving as the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria since 2023. Previously, he held the significant role of the 14th Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria from 2019 to 2023. Gbajabiamila's career spans over two decades, characterized by his commitment to legislative excellence and public service.

Gbajabiamila's journey began in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was born to Lateef and Olufunke Gbajabiamila. He attended Mainland Preparatory School and then Igbobi College in 1973 for his secondary education. He furthered his studies at King William's College on the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom for his A-Levels. Pursuing his passion for law, he enrolled at the University of Lagos, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) with honors in 1983. In 1984, he was called to the Nigerian Bar.

His legal career started at Bentley Edu & Co. in Lagos before he established his own firm, Femi Gbaja & Co. Seeking to expand his legal horizons, he moved to the United States, where he earned a Juris Doctor from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. He passed the Georgian Bar Exam in 2001 and established a law firm in Atlanta. While in the U.S., he actively participated in the election campaign of Bill Campbell, who became the Mayor of Atlanta, demonstrating his early involvement in politics.

Gbajabiamila's political career in Nigeria began in 2003 when he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the Surulere I constituency of Lagos State. His dedication and effectiveness as a legislator led to his re-election for six consecutive terms. He was a vocal critic of party switching among legislators, arguing that it undermines voter trust and the integrity of the political system. During the 7th National Assembly, he served as the Minority Leader, where he was known for his principled and vocal leadership.

One of Gbajabiamila's significant roles was heading the House ad hoc committee that investigated the claims by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) regarding a substantial debt owed by Zenon Petroleum & Gas Limited and Forte Oil Plc. His leadership in this investigation underscored his commitment to transparency and accountability in government.

Gbajabiamila's leadership qualities were further recognized when he was elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly. He won this position with 283 votes against his opponent’s 78 votes. As Speaker, he focused on legislative reforms and addressing critical national issues, earning a reputation as a diligent and effective legislator.

In June 2023, after 20 years in the House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila resigned to take on the role of Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu. This new role marked a significant shift in his career, allowing him to bring his extensive legislative experience to the executive branch.

Gbajabiamila's contributions to Nigeria were recognized in October 2022 when he was awarded the national honor of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) by President Muhammadu Buhari. This prestigious award highlighted his significant impact on Nigerian politics and governance.


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June 25, 1962

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