The Olu of Warri, Oba Ogiame Ikenwoli, has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari over his appointment as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The monarch, in a statement issued in his palace on Thursday, described Gambari’s appointment as a piece of good news to him and the people of his kingdom.
He described the new Chief of Staff as an intelligent, well read, well travelled and detribalized Nigerian.
The statement said: “The story of the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari came to us in Warri as good news, because we know the professor as an intelligent, well travelled, well read, and a detribalized Nigerian with a vast knowledge of the country and its over 250 tribes and people of various cultural backgrounds.
“I therefore write on behalf of myself and the entire people of Warri Kingdom to congratulate him and wish him resounding success in this assignment.
“Prof Gambari comes to this job with huge credentials, one of which is his versatile experience in conflict prevention and resolution; an experience that we hope he will bring to bear in performing his duties to assist the President in the continued peaceful resolution and development of the Niger Delta where God has chosen to locate us.
“As a renowned teacher, scholar, diplomat, former minister, envoy, man of faith and close associate of President Buhari over the years, I believe strongly that Prof. Gambari will be very much at home with the task at hand, to join the President in moving Nigeria to the much desired next level.
“I join other well meaning Nigerians to pray for him and Mr. President and call on almighty God to guide this prince of the royal court of the ancient kingdom of Ilorin, protect him and give him the wisdom to succeed and do this job in a creditable manner.”