Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, the newly appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has resumed official duties today, Monday, May 18, with a directives that all memos, ministers must pass through his office.
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.
Newsmen had earlier reported that Professor Gambari said his primary allegiance would be to President Muhammadu Buhari and not the public. Gambari who showed gratitude to President Mohammadu 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 principles 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.
This medium believes that this will not go down well the ministers because we had exclusively reported that the ministers were lobbying for one amongst them to become President Buhari’s Chief of Staff. However, Professor Gambari’s appointment came as a shock to them.
According to investigation, 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”.
The report quoted a top “source” as follows “… their argument is that it will enhance synergy between the President and his cabinet since the Ministers now report to the Chief of Staff…”
Findings from this report suggested that the Ministers were not altogether satisfied with the way things went under the Late Chief of Staff.
Of course, no functionary can be scored 100 per cent but the Ministers’ current disposition raises further scepticism over the performance of the late Abba Kyari on whom many Nigerians have written several testimonials – both good and bad – since his death.
It is important to note that based on our investigation, 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 Mr President by Aisha Buhari backed by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , who many believed that he is eyeing the seat of the Presidency.
Following the successful completion of the meeting, all officials of the Office of the Chief of Staff assured Professor Gambari of their ultimate support and promised that their loyal will go to the president alone and nobody else.
Gambari’s appointment came with several congratulatory messages including good wishes from former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and many others.
A felicitation worthy of note was that from Lekan Fadina, a former general manager of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE). Mr Fadina described the new Chief of Staff as a well-groomed diplomat whom he has known for about three decades.
“He is widely known, respected within the diplomatic and international community for his outstanding performances. He is an outstanding scholar who has delivered many papers on various topics. He has spoken in different fora about international relations, Nigeria unity, harnessing Nigeria great potentials, diversification of Nigeria economy, cultural diversity, religion and authority.
“He believes that every Nigeria has the right as the other person and as such respect for one’s right and maintenance of a disciplined society. He frowns at the abuse of public office and to him, service to humanity is the greatest service of man.
“He believed that leaders must show by examples and deal with the people with fairness. He believes in conversation, sharing knowledge and intellectual discourse as an instrument of involving participation from the bottom of the pyramid,” Mr. Fadina said.
While there were several reports that out of all the political appointees of President Buhari, Professor Gambari is the only the one who has the most impressive Curriculum Vitae.