Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has promised to offer his best in service as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, as he formally assumed duties at the Presidential Villa, on Wednesday.
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He said this on Wednesday during a brief interaction with the State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa.
“I will serve the President to the best of my ability. I don’t report to the nation, I report to the president. He needs my loyalty, competence, and support,” Gambari said, as he thanked the President for the honour offered him to serve as his Chief of Staff.
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“My guiding principle as Chief of Staff would be to serve the President to the best of my ability,” Gambari said.
The Chief of staff, speaking for the first time in his official capacity said, his allegiance would to President Muhammadu Buhari first and not the general public.
“I thank the President of the Federal Republic for giving me the opportunity to serve him and of course, the country,” Gambari said, promising to serve the President to the best of his ability.
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Answering questions on what Nigerians should expect from him as Chief of Staff, Gambari said “we have not started, I’ll have to find out. I don’t report directly to the nation, I report to the President.”
The appointment of Gambari as the new CoS had been announced by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, shortly before the start of the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Wednesday, May 13, announced the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, on his arrival at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock. ⏬ pic.twitter.com/6L7Nwnq6Q4
— The Daily Leaks (@TheDailyLeaks) May 13, 2020
Gambari replaced the late Abba Kyari, who died in active service on April 17, 2020, of COVID-19 complications.
The virtual FEC meeting which resumed after seven week suspension, was chaired by Buhari, who led others to observe a minute silence in honour of Kyari.