All Progressive Congress (APC) Chieftain, Ahmed Tinubu has described the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari as a laudable one.
In a statement shared with news men on Wednesday, Tinubu said Gambari’s expertise and international reputation would help Nigeria galvanise national, regional and international efforts for the country’s interests.
He also noted that the newly appointed Chief of Staff was well known to the APC.
Tinubu said “I congratulate Professor Gambari on his selection and commend President Buhari for making such a thoughtful and prudent choice at this crucial moment. Prof. Gambari will work competently and with dedication to help President Buhari advance his policy and governance priorities just as he did in the past when he served as Minister of External Affairs in the 1980’s.
“My personal knowledge of Chief of Staff Gambari is that he is an erudite man who knows and loves this country,who strongly believes in the Nigerian project & President’s change agenda.
“He is no stranger to our party, APC, and its progressive national vision. Over a long and illustrious career, Prof. Gambari has proved his mettle nationally and internationally.”
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“His resume takes a back seat to none. He distinguished himself as an Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Zimbabwe and Myanmar and Special Representative in Angola.
“He has made groundbreaking contributions in the areas of conflict prevention and resolution, democratisation and development in Africa,” added Tinubu.
He also expressed confidence in the abilities of Gambari to excel in the new role.
He said: “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 to advance Nigeria’s interests on other important matters.
“Chief of Staff Gambari has my best wishes and encouragement. His is a tough assignment, perhaps the hardest he has had, but he is a special person with great attributes. He will meet the challenge by discharging his duties with excellence and high purpose.”