President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the sacrifices which his Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, made for the benefit of Nigeria over the years will be cherished and documented for posterity.
In a message felicitating with Professor Gambari who turned 78 today, November 24, President Buhari said that his “exemplary dedication to the growth of the nation, and many sacrifices for the benefit of Nigerians, will be cherished and documented for posterity.”
He described Gambari as “former Minister of External Affairs, whose congeniality, brilliance and rectitude, continue to light his path as a scholar, publisher, international diplomat, and technocrat, with records of distinguished service in Nigeria and the United Nations (UN).”
Buhari acknowledged the courage, experience and wisdom of Gambari, adding that he brought all such qualities to bear on the position, and the difference made in government, “after serving as the longest Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations, President of UNICEF, UN Under-Secretary-General, first Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur.”
The President recalled the days of Gambari as the Under-Secretary-General of the UN for Political Affairs, under Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon and prayed for his well-being and that of his family.