PROFILE: Ibrahim Gambari, Buhari's new Chief of Staff

The recent
confirmation after much speculation as to whether it was true that Buhari has appointed
a former permanent Nigeria’s representatives to the united  nation, Professor Ibrahim Gambari came to
reality  after it was officially announced
yesterday confirming president Buhari’s decision appointing his former minister
of external affairs back then in 1984.


The development
has however attracted a mixed reaction from Nigerians top among which is the All
progressive congress (APC) National Leader Ahmed Tinubu saying “At this time
when the entire world is combating the Coronavirus pandemic and the economic
consequences thereof, Prof. Gambari’s expertise and international reputation
will help Nigeria galvanise national, regional and international efforts and
resources to contain this viral menace and advance Nigeria’s interests on other
important matters.”

The All
Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement affirmed: “Indeed, Prof. Gambari
ticks all the boxes as a round peg in a round hole. The APC is confident that
Gambari, a prince of Ilorin Emirate, will bring to bear his scholarly
intellect, international network, professional and administrative experience in
ensuring the smooth running of the office of the president and support the
government to provide good governance and successfully deliver the Next Level
programmes for the benefit of Nigerians.”

Lagos State Governor Babajide
Sanwo-Olu said he had no doubt that the “appointment is a major win for the
presidency and the nation as a whole, especially coming at a time when Nigeria
is confronting a major challenge with a global outlook.”

He added: “The choice of Prof.
Gambari as a successor to the late Mallam Abba Kyari is commendable. Gambari is
not just an academic or a diplomat; he is a fine gentleman, a decent Nigerian
who epitomises the Nigerian dream.”

On his part, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said: “The appointment
is clearly fit for purpose and is deserving for our own Prof. Gambari whose
record of service as a diplomat and global statesman is unblemished.”

Abdul Razzaq, who is the governor of
Gambari’s home state, prayed to God to protect the CoS on the “delicate
national assignment.”

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello
noted: “Just as the late Chief of Staff Abba Kyari played a prominent role in
the success of the Buhari administration, your coming in to fill the vacuum
will further add more colour to the administration’s achievements.”

 Mai Mala Buni, Governor of Yobe state said he
was optimistic that Gambari would deploy his wealth of experience to bring good
governance to bear on the Buhari administration.

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE)
also praised the choice of the new CoS, saying: “YCE is convinced that the
appointment of Prof. Gambari is indicative of President Buhari’s determination
to run a people-centred progressive administration that will command the
respect of the international community.”

The Joint Action Committee of
Northern Youths Association (JACOM) noted: “We have no doubt in our minds that
his huge experience as a seasoned diplomat, his wisdom and guidance, will help
the administration strive too much greater heights in delivering the dividends
of democracy to ordinary Nigerians, especially the teeming youth of this great
country.”

But the opposition group, the
Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), said it was welcoming the
appointment with caution. “We shall watch him closely as he resumes duty at the
Presidential Villa. We shall hold him responsible for all his actions and judge
him by them,” the coalition said.

 But echoing
a word of caution, CUPP said it “is not unaware of the fact that Prof. Gambari
is a die-hard agent of the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, and did everything
on earth to defend the numerous atrocities of the Abacha regime while serving
as General Abacha’s UN representative, including supporting the evil execution
of the late activist, Ken Saro Wiwa, and the annulment of June 12 election.”

It added:
“In the meantime, the CUPP is calling on Prof. Gambari to use the experience he
has garnered on the global stage for years to assist the country and to pull
out his boss, the president, from the deep pit of incompetence where he has
sunk.

“We remind him that with his new
appointment, he has been placed in a strategic position to help re-direct the
nation from the path of destruction which his boss has been moving it to.”

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