A Chieftain of All Progressive Congress, APC. and Continental DG Association for Good Governance Network, Amb (Dr.) Hussaini H. Coomassie has described the newly appointed chief of staff to the present, Professor Agboola Ibrahim Gambari, CFR, as a detribalize Nigerian, a good administrator and diplomat to the core that is highly respected globally and believes in dping the right thing at the right time.
Amb Coomassie in a statement sign on behalf of the entire Coomassie family congratulates the new chief of staff to the president and prays for wisdom as he discharge his duties to Mr. President.
According to Him, I strongly believed that you will surely use your lifetime experience to serve the President and Nigeria creditably to the satisfaction of all Nigerians, you are indeed a TESTED and TRUSTED personality, we are proud of you.
Gambari assumed duties wednesday after he was formally presented at the first virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House, promising to serve the president to the best of his ability.
Gambari, 75, who hails from Ilorin, Kwara State replaces Malam Abba Kyari, who died on April 17 in Lagos, following complications caused by COVID-19 infection.
Born in 1944, Gambari had his secondary education at the Provincial Secondary School (now Government Secondary School), Ilorin before proceeding to the Floreat Collegium Kings College, Lagos.
He also attended the London School of Economics where he obtained Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1968. In 1970, he obtained MA in Political Science and PhD in International Relations in 1974 from Columbia University, United States.
Before his foray into the diplomatic world, Gambari taught at various universities in the Unites States, Nigeria, and Singapore and wrote some books.
A scholar-diplomat, Gambari is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, a non-governmental think-tank on research, policy studies, advocacy, and training on the nexus between conflict prevention and resolution, democratisation and development in Africa.
He has had a robust career, spanning academia, government and international diplomacy, culminating in his appointment as the first United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa (1999-2005).
Between 1990 and 1994, he served as the Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid and from 1994 to 1999, he served in the UN Committee on Peace-Keeping Operations.
He headed the United Nations Department of Political Affairs from 2005 to 2007 and also served as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Zimbabwe, and Myanmar as well as Special Representative in Angola.
After serving as the Minister of External Affairs from 1984 to 1985 and later as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations from 1990 to 1999), Gambari served as Joint African Union (AU/UN Special Representative in Darfur and Head of UNAMID (2010-2012).
Until his appointment, he was the Chairman, Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
Coomassie added May ALLAH see you through . Amin
Amb (Dr) Hussaini H. Coomassie PSJA, FCIB, JP
For: Coomassie Family