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EDITORIAL: OUR POSITION, AS GAMBARI, NEW CHIEF OF STAFF RESUMES

Weeks after the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, on April 18, 2020, a death caused by complications arising from Corona Virus (COVID-19), Mr. President has announced Prof. Ibrahim Agoola Gambari, as his replacement.

Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari, going by information released by the Presidency, is a scholar-diplomat and the Founder/Chairman of the Board of Directors of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy, and Development, a non-governmental think-tank on research, policy studies, advocacy and training on the nexus between conflict prevention and resolution, democratization and development in Africa. The man has had an international and national appointments; he has also had a well strictly educative background like the former Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.

As expected, reactions have since trailed the appointment.

 ABBA KYARI, AND THE LESSONS LEFT BEHIND

While some political commentators admitted that in terms of education and experience, he is eminently qualified but appears too old for the position considering the fact that he is seventy-five years of age. But to the vast majority of Nigerians, Gambari is a round peg in a round hole. In him, Buhari has found a loyal and competent professional with an impressive wealth of experience

Whereas we; the IKA WEEKLY NEWSPAPER align our opinion with those that believe in his capacity to function in that position and congratulate him for this appointment, as a responsive news organization, it is important to remind him of the fact that the role of Kyari will not be forgotten, because he played the central technocratic role in the functioning of the office of the presidency. And Nigerians fixed him as being a leader of good governance. Most of the citizens were thinking who exactly can be chosen, that can apparently act like Abba: nobody knows before whom could be picked to heal the presidency pain and replace the seat.

However, despite his virtues and attributes, it is important from these stories to underline also that Kyari was not a perfect man. ‘He made his shares of mistakes and disappointed his shares of people in his life time’. He was not an infallible personality, he was ladened with shortcomings. Gambari need to keep these in mind as he resumes his new position.

Separate from the fact that humans are advised not to speak ill about the dead, instead of allowing lopsided commentaries about his life to distract, it will be more rewarding in social and economic terms if the new Chief of Staff use this sober moment to study Abba’s actions, to see how he conducted himself and to discover the reasons for his victories or defeats so that he (Gambari) can avoid the latter and imitate the former.

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