Prof. Ibrahim Gambari
The Ebonyi chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has applauded the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party in a statement issued by Chief Eze Nwachukwu, its state chairman on Thursday in Abakaliki described the appointment as ‘strategic’ in achieving the ‘Next Level’ agenda of the administration.
Gambari who was confirmed successor to the late former CoS, Mr Abba Kyari who passed on in April was inaugurated Wednesday, May 13 by Buhari during the first virtual Federal Executive Council meeting after COVID-19 lockdown in March .
The party praised Mr President on the choice of Gambari who it described as seasoned diplomat, technocrat, politician and international statesman with a wide wide range of experience in local and international politics.
Nwachukwu said that Ebonyi APC was confident that the new CoS would bring his vast wealth of experience in public service to bear in formulating policies and programmes that would reposition the country and further launch it to economic greatness.
The party chairman while commending the professor for accepting to lend his service once more to the nation, urged him to use his new position to accelerate unity and progress of the party and galvanise it to victory in 2023.
The statement reads in part: “The choice of Gambari as the CoS is putting round peg in a round hole; Mr President was divinely inspired to make the choice.
“Gambari has distinguished himself in public service both at national, regional and international arena making him much more qualified to occupy the position.
“He was university lecturer for many years within and outside the country; the first Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa between 1999-2005.
“In that capacity, he worked closely with heads of government, key policy makers as well as institutions on the continent to develop the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
“The ambassador will leverage his wealth of experience to advise Mr President on key policy formulation, implementation, and we believe that he will be loyal and committed to realising the goals of the ‘Next Level’ administration.
“We congratulate the Kwara-born scholar, diplomat and politician and wish him a successful stay in office.”