Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, yesterday described the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari as a great asset to Nigeria and Africa.
Presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Ki-Moon, in a congratulatory letter to Gambari on Monday said he was confident that the experience Gambari gained at the UN would be useful to Nigeria this period.
He said: ”I would like to sincerely congratulate you on your recent appointment as Chief of Staff to H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
”Your appointment is a great asset not to the president of Nigeria but also your country Nigeria and Africa in a broader sense.
”I am confident that your invaluable experience gained while serving the UN, with various important leadership roles, will help your leadership in addressing these challenging times caused by COVID-19.
”I shared this good news with the former Minister Yoo Chong-ha, your good friend and former Foreign Minister of Korea. He sends his warmest congratulations to you.”
The statement also said the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, expressed delight over the appointment of Gambari as the chief of staff to the president.