The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Lagos state governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Wednesday said the newly appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammad Buhari, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, is no stranger to the party.
Disclosing this in his congratulatory message to Gambari, the outspoken leader described Gambari as a renowned diplomat, statesman and scholar who had served the nation in various vital capacities.
His words, “Prof. Gambari’s intellect, broad experience and skills in administration and diplomacy have adequately prepared and equipped him for the important job.
“The Chief of Staff will help President Buhari to advance his policy and governance priorities, just as he did in the past when he served as the Minister of External Affairs in the 1980s.
“My personal knowledge of the Chief of Staff, Gambari, is that he is an erudite man who knows and loves this country.
“He strongly believes in the Nigerian project and President Buhari’s change agenda.
“He is no stranger to our party, APC, and its progressive national vision.
“Over a long and illustrious career, Gambari has proved his mettle nationally and internationally.
“His resume takes a back seat to none,” Tinubu said.
The APC national leader said that Gambari distinguished himself in his works, while serving as an under Secretary-General of the United Nations.
He added that as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Zimbabwe and Myanmar and Special Representative in Angola, he also worked excellently.
“He has made ground breaking contributions in the areas of conflict prevention and resolution, democratisation and development in Africa,” Tinubu said.
He said Gambari’s resources would also help to contain this viral menace and to advance Nigeria’s interests on other important matters.
“His, is a tough assignment, perhaps the hardest he has had, but he is a special person with great attributes.
“He will meet the challenge by discharging his duties with excellence and high purpose,” Tinubu said.
He prayed that the guidance and protection of Almighty Allah be with him as he begins the task of assisting the president in forging a better Nigeria and a better life for all of its people.
“Chief of Staff Gambari has my best wishes and encouragement,” Tinubu said.