Gambari’s Appointment: SCDDD Carpet Critics

By Reporter. Savannah Center for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) has condemned those criticizing the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to the President Muhammadu Buhari. A statement signed by the executive director of the center Ambassador Abdullahi A. Omaki reads in part:
“The attention of the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and
Development (SCDDD) has been drawn to the various articles currently
trending in the media concerning the newly appointed Chief of Staff to the
President, Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari. While some of the articles have been positive, others have portrayed Prof.
Gambari inaccurately and with prejudice”. “Although the SCDDD recognises the right of people to express their opinions, it is however, of the view that this right
should be exercised with due consideration for the truth” the statement noted. The statement further stressed that the unfortunate past events of Prof Gambari are now being lifted out of context, to vilify him and impugn his character saying, “SCDDD would like to note that whatever action Prof. Gambari took in any
official capacity he occupied in the past, was in line with the position of the
government of the day and not on the basis of ethnic or religious considerations”
“Prof. Gambari’s friends and associates come from across the length and
breadth of Nigeria and beyond. This underscores the fact that he does not have
any biases against any section of the country, neither on the basis of religion,
ethnicity or any other considerations” the statement added. While describing Prof. Gambari is a man of integrity who
has served the country and the international community meritoriously, in
different capacities over several decades, the statement pointed out that his appointment by the President is as a result of his record of service. “The Savannah Centre strongly believes that at this point in time, the place of
Prof. Gambari as Chief of Staff to the President, is to worry about the deficits in
governance, which have thrown up critical broad challenges to the nation and its
people, neighbouring countries, West Africa and Africa at large, hence the
necessity to now work more concertedly together, as a people, to address the
catastrophic gaps inherent in our governance, through creativity and innovative
methods that can provide worthy pathways for Nigeria’s unity, sustainable
development and growth” The statement further noted: “These are undoubtedly serious issues that call for
nation-wide efforts to evolve common grounds of understanding amongst the
Nigerian people to facilitate addressing the Nigerian project” The statement continued: “For
Nigeria and Africa to be relevant in any conversations for a new global order,
especially, post Covid-19, these concerns need to be addressed, and the ongoing demonization will not be the answer”
“Based on the foregoing, therefore, Savannah Centre is convinced that the
focus of Prof. Gambari should now be on accomplishing the important task that
Mr. President has given him and he will not therefore, be distracted by
unsubstantiated insinuations in the media” the statement concluded.