The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, Chairman and Founder of the Centre, as his new Chief of Staff, CoS.
The Executive Director, SCDDD, Ambassador Abdullahi A. Omaki in a statement issued and signed on behalf of the centre’s Board Members, the Management and all other staff expressed delight and profound respect to His Excellency Muhamadu Buhari, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, most sincere gratitude for this appointment.
According to him, SCDDD appreciates the honour done to the person of Professor Gambari, his Centre, the people of his home-state, Kwara, and all other Nigerians at home and abroad.
He said, “By the estimation of Savannah Centre, this is a very well-deserved appointment, not because he is one of us, our Founder and mentor, but because he is an exceptional Nigerian, who has creditably distinguished himself in Nigeria, Africa, and the world through the United Nations where he served as Under-Secretary General of the world body for about 13 years.
“As an appointment that clearly received wide support across the country, we are not unaware of the complex and difficult challenges that have continued to face our great nation, now comprehensively compounded by the socio-economic and health impacts of COVID-19.”
Ambassador Omaki noted that without doubts, time has come for Nigeria to take an extremely deep look at herself, in order to craft both creative and innovative pathways of moving the country, not only out of the challenges of the moment, but to grab the opportunities inherent in these challenges for a greatly improved future for Nigeria.
He opined that as an experienced public officer of Professor Gambaris stature, both at home and abroad, and his vision for Nigeria and Africa, which inspired the establishment of SCDDD, “we at the Centre feel that Nigeria is indeed in very good hands with him as the Chief of Staff.”
Ambassador Omaki further stated, “We wish to acknowledge with respect, the numerous messages from our compatriots across the country, and our international partners, who conveyed their felicitations to Professor Gambari on his appointment, through the Savannah Centre platform. Thanks to you all.”
“The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development will inspite of the temporary loss of our Chairman and Founder for higher national duties, remain committed to playing creative and responsible roles in the strides for Nigerias Nation-building efforts. We expect both innovative and creative governance approaches through an effective national podium for Nigeria to assert herself at home, for a robust role in Africa, as the world grapples with the imminent birth of a new world order, occasioned by Covid-19, he said further.”
He expressed the Centre’s condolences to the President of Nigeria and the immediate family members of Mallam Abba Kyari, on his sad loss.
“We pray for Almighty Allah to grant him His magnificent paradise. And to our able Chair and Founder, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, we offer profound congratulations on his appointment and pray for his success in office. We are certain that Professor Gambari, will neither disappoint President Buhari nor Nigeria at large. Rather, Savannah Centre expects him to be an effective gate-keeper in contributing to the success of President Muhamadu Buhari, in the realization of Mr. Presidents cardinal promises to Nigerians, Ambassador Omaki added.”