Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, have congratulated Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief Of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Ibrahim, a former minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985, is replacing Abba Kyari who died of COVID-19 complications in April.
The retired diplomat hails from Ilorin, Kwara State. His appointment was officially announced by the Presidency on Wednesday at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Mr Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile described him as the right man for the job.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said Professor Gambari is a man of impeccable character, right temperament, leadership and knowledge.
He said: ‘‘The choice of Professor Gambari as the successor to the late Mallam Abba Kyari by President Muhammadu Buhari is commendable. Gambari is not just an academic or a diplomat, he is a fine gentleman, a decent Nigerian who epitomizes the Nigerian dream.”
‘‘My personal and official interactions with Professor Gambari have brought about nothing but meaningful development. He is a man of many parts.’’
Sanwo-Olu said the several years of experience garnered by the newly appointed Chief Of Staff in various fields of international diplomacy and politics, academics, research and management, would help the President and Commander In Chief in the onerous tasks of administering the nation.
‘‘I have no doubt that Professor Gambari’s 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.’’
The Governor, however, urged Nigerians to support the new Chief of Staff, saying the nation has a lot to benefit from his varied skills.
Also, Mr Saraki in his congratulatory message expressed confidence that Mr Gambari will do well in his new job.
“I congratulate Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari on his appointment as Chief of Staff to President @MBuhari. Professor Gambari is a decent man, a cerebral academic, disciplined diplomat and he 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 in this onerous assignment. I urge all Nigerians to give him all the support that he needs to perform in office.
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