Former Governor of Nasarawa State, Sen. Umaru Al-Makura, has reacted to the appointment Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Al-Mukura who represents Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone in the Senate disclosed that Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, will be highly resourceful to the President and Nigeria.
He spoke to journalists in Lafia on Monday stressing that noted that Gambari had an impressive portfolio of public service in and out of Nigeria.
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Al-Makura congratulated Buhari for the choice and described Gambari as a perfect replacement for his predecessor, Late Malam Abba Kyari, who died recently due to coronavirus complications.
He explained that Gambari would bring to bear his vast experience in diplomacy and public service among other exploits to assist the President fulfil his political promises and change the lives of millions of Nigerians for good.
“His appointment has given every Nigerian who knows him a great sense of hope because this is a man who wears different caps that this country at this particular time needs.
“He is a scholar, a diplomat, a peacemaker and most importantly, he is a highly resourceful person.
“Somebody who is vastly experienced and who has seen it all from the local environment in Nigeria to the international level.
“To get someone that is so versatile at this point in time to be part of the decision making mechanism for this country makes everyone happy and with great hope that the leadership of this country now has added value, ” Al-Makura said.
The lawmaker, however, frowned at Nigerians who criticized the appointment due to the age of the appointee.
“I think his response indicating that his loyalty is to Mr President couldn’t be a better statement than that because the office of the CoS is not a creation of the constitution but the discretion of Mr President.
“Mr President in his own wisdom gave the position to someone he is very comfortable with and who will be totally dedicated and loyal to
“I believe the pedigree, records and antecedents this man has accumulated over time is not something one can generate within a youthful age.
“I think that is the right age for the occupant of that office; so he can bring to bear all his experiences to add value to the governance of this country,” he said.
Al-Makura urged all other political leaders in the country to emulate the president by overlooking sentiments and engage competent and vastly experienced Nigerians who could make useful and positive contributions that would help their principals activate their policies.