Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, the newly appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has resumed official duties today, Monday, May 18, 2020.
Professor Gambari was appointed as the new Chief of Staff on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
His appointment came after the former Chief of Staff, Late Abba Kyari died on the 17th of April as a result of complications arising from the novel coronavirus.
In a statement made during a meeting with officials of the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President today, May 18. The Chief of Staff said he was ready and willing to work with them if and only they are willing and ready to work with him.
Professor Gambari said he would like individuals who were hardworking, responsible and loyal to be on his team, noting that working with individuals with lackadaisical and nonchalant attitudes was not part of his agenda.
Professor Gambari said he would only work with those whose loyalty would be directed to President Buhari, just as he had promised to serve President Buhari dutifully.
It would be recalled that Gambari said he would not be answerable to anybody except the President, which he took the oath of office to serve.
Professor Gambari reiterated that his primary allegiance would be to President Muhammadu Buhari and not the public. Gambari who showed gratitude to President Buhari for deeming him worthy to serve in the new capacity added that he would put in his utmost best to serve the President.
“I thank the President of the Federal Republic for giving me the opportunity to serve him and of course, the country,” he said.
Gambari who reiterated his loyalty to President Buhari said, “we have not started, I’ll have to find out. I don’t report directly to the nation, I report to the President.”
He said his loyalty, competence and support was what he had to offer the President adding that his guiding principle as Chief of Staff would be to serve the President to the best of my ability.
On assumption of his official duties, the Chief of Staff directed the officials that all Memos which were directed to President Muhammadu Buhari must pass through him. He stressed that under no circumstance should any document be given to the president. He noted that any document that would find its way to the table of the President must be have been accessed, evaluated and duly signed and stamped by him.
Professor Gambari further explained that the presidential directive that was in place during the time of his predecessor, Late Abba Kyari will still stand. This presidential directive was that all the Ministers appointed by President Buhari must have to pass through the Office of the Chief of Staff, and also all appraisal reports from their various ministries must be directed to the Chief of Staff.
This means that all of Nigeria’s Ministers do not have direct access to the President, however, they must pass through Professor Gambari before they can relay any information to President Buhari.
There are reports that Gambari’s choice will not go down well with the ministers because the ministers were lobbying for one of them to become President Buhari’s Chief of Staff. However, Professor Gambari’s appointment came as a shock to them.
According to reports, the reason the Ministers were making this move was for the purpose of achieving better synergy.
It also stated that the ministers believed that a Chief of Staff to the president from their fold would be able to fast-track decision making on issues.
Their choice was also informed by their argument that having one of them will enhance synergy between the President and his cabinet since the Ministers now report to the Chief of Staff.
Investigation revealed that, none of President Buhari’s aides or political allies were privy to the nomination of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as a possible replacement for the Late Abba Kyari.
According to our source, the choice of Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari was suggested to President Buhari by Mallam Mamam Daura, who many believe is the head of Aso Rock cabals, running President Buhari’s government.
After the meeting, all officials of the Office of the Chief of Staff assured Professor Gambari of their unalloyed support and promised that their loyalty will go to the president alone and nobody else.
The general opinion is that, out of all political appointees of President Buhari, Professor Gambari is the only the one who has the most impressive Curriculum Vitae, it is important for us to take a look at his portfolio.
Mr. Gambari who was born in Ilorin, Kwara State on November 24, 1944, is a Nigerian scholar and diplomat. He attended King’s College in Lagos and subsequently attended the London School of Economics where he obtained his B.Sc. Economics degree in 1968 with specialisation in International Relations.
Gambari later obtained his M.A. (1970) and Ph. D. (1974) degrees from Columbia University, New York, USA in Political Science /International Relations.
In the words of a Gambari’s close ally, he represents “the stuff of the cunning and the amoral and the intensely intellectual. The timid don’t get involved in diplomacy. When they do, their countries suffer.”