By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone) Sen. Umaru Al-Makura (APC, has said that the newly appointed Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, will be highly resourceful to the president and by extension, Nigeria given his impressive portfolio of public service in and out of Nigeria.
Al-Makura stated this in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Lafia.
Al-Makura congratulated Buhari for the choice and described Gambari as a perfect replacement for his predecessor, Late Mallam Abba Kyari who died recently due to Coronavirus complications.
He explained that Gambari will bring to bear his vast experience in diplomacy and public service among other exploits so as to assist the president fulfil his political promises and change the lives of millions of Nigerians for good.
“His appointment has given every Nigerian who knows him a great sense of hope because this is a man who wears different caps that this country at this particular time needs.
“He is a scholar, a diplomat, a peacemaker and most importantly, he is a highly resourceful person; somebody who is vastly experienced and who has seen it all from the local environment in Nigeria to the international level.
“To get someone that is so versatile at this point in time to be part of the decision making mechanism for this country makes everyone happy and have great hope that the leadership of this country now has added value,” he said.
The senator however frowned at Nigerians who criticised the appointment due to the age of the appointee and his alleged comments that in his position as CoS, he is primarily loyal to the president and not Nigeria.
“I think his response to indicate that his loyalty is to Mr President, there couldn’t be a better statement than that because like you know, the office of the CoS is not a creation of the constitution but the discretion of Mr President and Mr President in his own wisdom gave the position to someone he is very comfortable with and who will be totally dedicated and loyal to him.
“The issue about age, to me, yes young people are vibrant and may have a lot of ideas but sometimes administration expects someone who is run of the mill. I believe the pedigree, records and antecedents this man has accumulated over time is not something one can generate within a youthful age.
“I think that is the right age for the occupant of that office so he can bring to bear all his experiences to add value to the governance of this country,” he said.
Al-Makura then urged all other political leaders in the country to emulate the president by overlooking sentiments and engaging competent and vastly experienced Nigerians who can make useful and positive contributions that will help their principals active their goals.