SCDDD congratulates Prof. Gambari on appointment as COS  


THE Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, SCDDD, is with delighted with the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as  the new Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Until his appointment, Gambari is chairman and founder of the SCDDD.
Ambassador Abdullahi A. Omani, executive director, Savannah Centre on behalf of its board members, the management and all other staff of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development expressed with great delight and profound respect to Muhammadu Buhari president of Nigeria, most sincere gratitude for the appointment.
Acccording a statement issued by Omani and made available to Realnews on Wednesday, May 13, the Centre, is exceedingly proud for 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.
“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.”
He said the although the appointment clearly received wide support across the country,  centre is 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.
“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.
“As an experienced public officer of Professor Gambari’s stature, both at home and abroad, and his vision for Nigeria and Africa, which inspired the establishment of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD), we at the Centre feel that Nigeria is indeed in very good hands with him as the Chief of Staff.
“The imperative for National Elites Consensus is now most urgent. Nigerians across the Federation and in the Diaspora, must work concertedly with one another to promote common grounds on which the survival of our great nation depends.
“The surest way of attaining this is through ensuring that Nigerians, especially her elites, commence talking WITH each other and not AT each other, with the hope of rapidly promoting National Unity.
“This is most imperative, as this will provide the necessary platform for strengthening Nigerias cohesion for development and growth where fairness and justice, are pre-requisites. It is not impossible to achieve this tasks, complex as they certainly are. The time ahead is so little and so much needs to be accomplished. And it is the expectation of Savannah Centre therefore, that with this appointment, President Buhari will be vastly assisted to make these landmark achievements during his tenure.”
The centre acknowledged with respect, the numerous messages from it’s compatriots across the country, and  international partners, who conveyed their felicitations to Professor Gambari on his appointment, through the Savannah Centre platform.
 Expressing it’s thanks to you all, the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development said it will inspite of the temporary loss of it’s chairman and founder under for higher national duties, remain committed to playing creative and responsible roles in the strides for Nigeria’s 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.
“Finally, Savannah Centre offers once again, her sincere 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, ” Omani said.
– May 13, 2020 @ 6: 35 GMT /
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