The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd)’s new Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari,on Wednesday assumed office with a promise to serve to the best of his ability.
The 76-year-old former Minister of External Affairs was announced as the President’s CoS shortly before the start of the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The confirmation came after nearly 24 hours of speculation as to whether he was indeed the new CoS, as the Presidency played a waiting game of silence that ended on Wednesday.
It was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on behalf of Buhari, who made the announcement at the meeting, which was also attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Gambari later spoke at a brief interview after he assumed duties.
He said what Buhari needed most from him was his loyalty and competence.
The former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations promised to give his best.
The All Progressives Congress, while congratulating the President on the appointment, promised to support and cooperate with Gambari to ensure he succeeded in his assignment.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC said the former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations was a round peg in a round hole.