Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, have congratulated Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gambari, a former minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985, is replacing Abba Kyari who died of COVID-19 complications in April.
The retired diplomat hails from Ilorin, Kwara State. His appointment was officially announced by the Presidency on Wednesday at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Atiku in his congratulatory message, expressed hope that Mr Gambari will deploy his varied skills to the service of the country.
“Congratulations Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR on your appointment as Chief of Staff to @MBuhari. It is my hope and expectation and those of millions of Nigerians that you will deploy your varied skills garnered over the years in the service of our nation,” Mr Abubakar posted on his social media handle.
In the same vein, former Senate President Bukola Saraki has congratulated the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement Wednesday, Saraki, a former governor of Kwara State where Gambari hails from, described the new chief of staff as a decent man, cerebral academic and dsciplined diplomat.
“I congratulate Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari on his appointment as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Prof. Gambari is a decent man, a cerebral academic, disciplined diplomat and he is coming in with the necessary pedigree that will help him to do well on the job.
“I have no doubt that he will succeed on this onerous assignment. I urge all Nigerians to give him all the support that he needs to perform in office,” Saraki said.