A business mogul, Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, and ex- Edo State Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu have urged the new Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, to again contribute to national development.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on May 13 announced Gambari as the late Abba Kyari’s replacement.
In a statement on Friday, Olawepo-Hashim said by supervising the President’s schedules, advising on policies and remaining a trusted confidant in the task of governance and nation-building, the ex-Minister of External Affairs (under the Muhammadu Buhari military regime from 1984 to 1985) could bring to bear his wealth of experience on the job.
He described Gambari as a globally acclaimed diplomat with equally tremendous respect at home.
Olawepo-Hashim, who also contested the 2019 presidential election, commended Buhari for the appointment.
He said, “While the office of the Chief of Staff is essentially driven by the dictates of the President’s agenda, priorities and schedule, the wealth of experience, skills and competence at the disposal of the newly appointed Chief of Staff may provide the Buhari administration an opportunity for a reset in the crucial task of uniting and securing Nigeria.”
In a separate statement, Odubu, who is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress in Edo State, said with Gambari’s appointment, Buhari had demonstrated his commitment to bringing further verve to his administration’s desire to harness the best of “our human resources to deal with the rising challenges of governance currently besetting our dear nation.”
He said, “I am also convinced that he will assist Mr President and the Federal Government to deliver most thoroughly the dividends of good governance to the Nigerians.”