By Auta Obadiah Dauda
The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy And Development says that all Prof Ibrahim Gambari’s actions in his former offices and assignments were in line with the decisions of the governments and organizations he serves.
The centre was reacting to criticism of Gambari’s actions in the past in a statement released on 20th May, 2020.
Gambari was Chairman of the Savannah Centre who resigned his appointment recently to take up the chief of staff office to President Buhari.
The chief of staff is accused of openly supporting the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa, an activist, and eight other people in 1995 by the military regime of the late Sani Abacha, former head of state.
Saro-Wiwa protested against the environmental degradation of Ogoniland owing to oil exploration activities that date back to the 1950s.
But in a statement on Wednesday, Abdullahi Omaki, SCDDD executive director, said these past events have been lifted out of context to vilify Gambari and impugn his character.
Omaki said the chief of staff’s past actions were not on the basis of ethnic or religious factors.
“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,” the executive director said.
“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. SCDDD deems it unfortunate that past events are now being lifted out of context, to vilify Prof. Gambari and impugn his character.
“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.”