What Buhari’s new CoS must do

Ibrahim Gambari has been appointed as President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff. Professor Gambari’s academic credentials look impeccable. His experiences as a top diplomat are also noteworthy. With his appointment, Gambari has come full circle, having served as a minister under the military dictatorship of General Buhari in the 1980s. However, Professor Gambari does bear the blemish of vigorously defending the human rights record of General Sani Abacha.

Gambari may not be able to change the past but he can set the tone for the future. He must commit himself to correcting the excesses of his predecessor.

As a former academic, I hope Gambari works seamlessly with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to raise the level of performance of the Buhari administration. At 75, this may be his final opportunity to shape how he will be remembered. Those who are critical of Gambari’s appointment may be persuaded to give him a chance.

 Felix Oladeji,

Ibadan

 

 

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