- Congratulatory messages are now pouring in from across the nation for Professor Ibrahim Gambari
- The Kwara-born diplomat has been appointed as the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari
- Governor Yahaya Bello has described the appointment of Gambari as a round peg in a round hole
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Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has congratulated Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari on his appointment as the new chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bello in a statement issued on Wednesday, May 13 by his chief press secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, described Gambari as a man of many parts whose vast wealth of knowledge and experience remain unrivalled in the African continent.
He said as a thoroughbred scholar and seasoned career diplomat who had served in various capacities both at home and on the international scene particularly at the United Nations, Gambari's appointment was no doubt a round peg in a round hole.
According to the governor, Gambari would bring his wealth of knowledge to bare in the discharge of his new responsibility as the chief of staff to the president and 'engine house' of the Presidency.
“Just as the Late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari played a prominent role in the success of the Buhari's administration, your coming in to fill the vacuum will further add more colour to the administration's achievements.
“Congratulations once again and I pray that the Almighty Allah will give you the needed energy and wisdom to take on this new responsibility,” Governor Bello said in the statement sent to Legit.ng.
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Professor Gambari resumed his new duty as President Buhari's chief of staff after he was presented before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) during its meeting on Wednesday, May 13.
The new chief of staff was shown round the State House facilities by Alhaji Tijani Umar, the permanent secretary of the house.
Professor Gambari served as the minister for external affairs between 1984 and 1985. He went on to hold several leadership positions at national and international levels.
The former diplomat served as ambassador/permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations between January 1990 to October 1999.
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