- Professor Ibrahim Gambari short tenure as President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff is already under scrutiny
- A recent media report suggests the respected diplomat is not as powerful as his predecessor, Late Abba Kyari
- There are also suggestions that Gambari cannot take firm and spontaneous decisions as Kyari used to do
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A report by New Telegraph suggests that Professor Ibrahim Gambari is not as powerful as the late Mallam Abba Kyari in the presidential villa.
Quoting unnamed sources in Nigeria's seat of power, the report detailed how Gambari has had to rely on 'orders from above' to carry out his duties.
Unlike the era of the late Kyari, where decisions were taken without recourse to relevant statutory bodies, the sources say Gambari does not and cannot take decisions on his own.
There are also suggestions that Professor Gambari would not be able to take firm and spontaneous decisions as Kyari used to do because he is not as powerful as the late chief of staff.
Apart from not being able to take decisions, Gambari is also seen as someone who doesn’t want to ruffle feathers as far as the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari is concerned.
While others say he is a weakling, others say he is a liberal-minded individual that wants to run the office in a democratic manner.
On the recent encounter between the First Lady and one of the president’s aides, which led to the exchange of gunfire within the villa, a source said: “He is just not as strongwilled. If it were to be Abba Kyari, I can bet you that you won’t even hear about it, because he would have either checkmated the First Lady or called Tunde to order, depending on how he felt at that time.
“Kyari doesn’t wait for anybody to dish out instructions to him, he was very firm and he made decisions on the spot. He was not so friendly with Aisha like this one.
“This one is just waiting for orders from above and he doesn’t want to ruffle feathers with Aisha. I think he is trying to protect his job, I see him as a weakling.”
Another source quoted in the report said: “I doubt whether he could ever be as powerful as Kyari, notwithstanding the fact that the president had ceded some power to his office. I observe that he takes direct instruction from his principal.”
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Meanwhile, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, says he does not believe that President Buhari is in charge of Nigeria.
Soyinka made the comment on Thursday, June 4 in an interview with Plus TV Africa.
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