- More reactions continue to trail the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the president's new chief of staff
- Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, expressed delight that Buhari appointed the experienced diplomat
- The British high commissioner noted that she looks forward to working closely with Gambari
Reactions continue to pure in following the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as President Muhammadu Buhari's new Chief of Staff (COS).
Gambari with this new appointment will replace the late Mallam Abba Kyari, who died from coronavirus complications on Friday, April 17, at the First Consultants Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos state.
Speaking on the development, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing expressed delight that the Nigerian leader appointed the experienced diplomat as his chief of staff.
Laing in a tweet via her Twitter handle @CatrionaLaing1 on Wednesday, May 13, conveyed her congratulatory message to the newest member of Buhari's cabinet.
The British high commissioner further said the United Kingdom is looking forward to working closely with Gambari on Britain and Nigeria's agenda on COVID-19.
"Delighted to hear that @MBuhari has appointed the hugely experienced diplomat Professor Ibrahim Gambari as his new COS.
@UKinNigeria looks forward to working closely with you on our shared agenda in the challenging #COVIDー19 times. Congratulations!" she tweeted.
Laing's comment is coming a few hours after Professor Gambari resumed his duties as President Buhari's CoS.
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.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that there were strong indications that Gambari’s appointment was going to be announced at the FEC meeting.
However, there had been no official confirmation yet from the presidency about Gambari's supposed appointment.
Professor Gambari served as the minister for external affairs between 1984 and 1985. He is reported to have held several leadership positions at the 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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