The ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, CFR, as his new Chief of Staff.
Gambari’s appointment was announced by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which held virtually.
He will replace Mallam Abba Kyari who passed away on 17 April after succumbing to coronavirus complications.
According to a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the appointment of Gambari, Nigeria’s former permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) has Buhari’s avowed commitment to good governance by bringing on board competent Nigerians.
The party further said it’s confident that Gambari 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 for the benefit of Nigerians.
The statement reads in part: “While our great party assures Gambari of needed support and cooperation, we wish him success in his services to our great country and the people.
“Without any iota of doubt, this appointment has, once again, demonstrated President Buhari’s avowed commitment to good governance by bringing on board competent Nigerians from all parts of the world to assist him in taking Nigeria to the Next Level.
“Gambari’s experience and suitability for the strategic office of Chief of Staff is not in doubt. A respected scholar, former minister, and a highly-regarded diplomat, who has worked at the highest level in the United Nations, including being the Under Secretary General of the Department of Political Affairs, Chairperson, African Union-UN Special Representative for Dafur and currently the Special Adviser on International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues to the UN Secretary General, founder of Savannah Center – a research, development, diplomacy and public policy think-tank and co-chair of the Albright-Gambari Commission – addressing issues such as state fragility, climate change, and the cyber‐economy, Gambari’s appointment is well-thought out and speaks volumes of the President’s penchant for excellence.
“Indeed, Professor 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 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.
“While our great party assures Gambari of needed support and cooperation, we wish him success in his services to our great country and the people,” it added.