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  • Updated: May 13, 2020

Saraki, AbdulRazaq, Others Speak on Gambari’s Appointment as Buhari's CoS

Saraki, AbdulRazaq, Others Speak on Gambari’s Appointment


Some prominent Nigerians have reacted to the appointment of a retired diplomat, Ibrahim Gambari, as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Amongst those who have congratulated the new aide, are former Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. 

Mr Ibrahim, who was a former minister of External Affairs, is replacing Abba Kyari who died of the viral infectious disease, COVID-19, sometimes in April. 

Although earlier reported on Tuesday, the appointment of Mr Gambari was officially announced by the Presidency on Wednesday. 

The announcement was made at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held on Wednesday, this paper learnt. 

Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, Governor AbdulRazaq said Mr Gambari’s appointment is a befitting development that is rooted in dedication, loyalty, and history.

"The appointment is clearly fit for purpose and is deserving for our own Professor Gambari whose record of service as a diplomat and global statesman is unblemished." 

Mr Bukola Saraki stated that Gambari is a decent man, a cerebral academic, disciplined diplomat who is coming in with the necessary pedigree that will help him to do well on the job.

"I have no doubt that he will succeed on this onerous assignment. I urge all Nigerians to give him all the support that he needs to perform in office," He posted on Twitter. 

The former Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has also applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Mr Gambari. 

According to a statement issued on Wednesday, Mr Ahmed believes that Mr Gambari's exemplary stint as Minister for Foreign Affairs Affairs during President Buhari's tenure as Head of State provided the President with a first-hand insight into Gambari's quality as a smart technocrat with the clout, maturity, and insight necessary for success as Chief of Staff. 

"Given these antecedents, I know that Prof Gambari will prove a stellar and loyal anchor for the President in this new assignment”.

Meanwhile, some other state Governors have expressed gladness at the recent appointment. 

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, reposed his confidence in Mr Gambari, saying, "I have no doubt that he will bring all this to bear in assisting the President to deliver his promises to Nigerians." 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, also commended Mr Buhari for "his choice of such a consummate professional as his Chief of Staff."

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