The chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has praised the appointment of the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President Buhari.
In a statement personally signed by the former Lagos Governor and released to the media on Wednesday, Tinubu stated that Gambari has proved his mettle nationally and internationally and expressed hope that the Kwara-born diplomat will bring his wealth of experience to help Nigeria galvanise national, regional and international efforts and resources to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Tinubu’s statement, in full, reads:
“My personal knowledge of Chief of Staff Gambari is that he is an erudite man who knows and loves this country and who strongly believes in the Nigerian project and President Buhari’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. 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
“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.
“May the guidance and protection of Almighty Allah be with him as he begins the task of assisting the President in forging a better Nigeria and a better life for all of its people.”