- A former secretary-general of UN, Ban Ki-Moon, has reacted to the appointment of Ibrahim Gambari as the new chief of staff to President Buhari
- Ki-Moon described Gambari as a great asset to Nigeria
- Gambari became Buhari's chief of staff after the death of the former occupier of the seat, Abba Kyari
Former UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, has reacted to the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Legit.ng reports that Ban Ki-Moon described Gambari's appointment as the chief of staff to President Buhari as a great asset to Nigeria and Africa ''in a broader sense.''
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the former UN scribe made the reaction in a letter of congratulations addressed to the new chief of staff and dated May 18.
He wrote: ''I would like to sincerely congratulate you on your recent appointment as chief of staff to H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. Your appointment is a great asset not to the president of Nigeria but also your country Nigeria and Africa in a broader sense.
''I am confident that your invaluable experience gained while serving the UN, with various important leadership roles, will help your leadership in addressing these challenging times caused by COVID-19.
''I shared this good news with the former minister Yoo Chong-ha, your good friend and former foreign minister of Korea. He sends his warmest congratulations to you.''
Garba said that the 8th secretary-general of the UN, who penned his congratulatory letter from his base in Seoul, South Korea’s capital, noted he looked forward to meeting his former colleague at the UN again while wishing the accomplished Nigerian diplomat success on his new assignment.
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The presidential aide also said that the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, also expressed delight with the appointment of Prof Gambari as the chief of staff to the president.
The high commissioner said the mission looks forward to working closely with the chief of staff on ''our shared agenda in the challenging COVID-19 times.''
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari continued to receive commendations over his appointment of Gambari as the new chief of staff.
It was reported that a good number of prominent Nigerians based in the United States (US) expressed joy and confidence over the new role of Gambari and said that Gambari is a world citizen whose mettle is not just in Nigeria but in many African nations.
In another report, the Kaduna government said it realised the sum of N1.9 million within two days from violators of the lockdown order imposed on the state to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The state government, through the Ministry of Justice, said 605 culprits were convicted between Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, for violating the lockdown order in the state.
A statement signed by the commissioner of justice and attorney-general, Aisha Dikko, said a breakdown of the offences showed that people were convicted for offenses such as failure to wear face masks in public and violating the restriction of movement order.
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