There is anxiety in the country due the quietness in the presidency, over the announcement of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as a new Chief of Staff to the President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu-Gambari, had in a statement on Tuesday signed by his media aide, Abdulazeez Arowona expressed appreciation to the President for appointing Gambari as his new chief of staff.
The statement seemed to have lent credence to earlier online media reports that Prof. Ibrahim Gambari had been appointed to replace the late chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
An online news medium, TheCable, wrote, “Gambari to be unveiled as new chief of staff on Wednesday (today)”
It stated, “Although his (Gambari’s) appointment has not been officially announced, TheCable confirmed from Presidency sources that he would replace Abba Kyari, who died from COVID-19 complications last month,” the medium reported.
But even with the reports and the Emir’s congratulatory message, the Presidency, as of 6.29pm, made no official confirmation or denial on Tuesday of the reported appointment of Gambari.
The Presidency made no official announcement to confirm or deny the appointment.
Both presidential spokespersons, Mr Femi Adesina and Mr Garba Shehu, made no confirmation as of 6.29pm.
Shehu merely replied to an enquiry, writing, “I have not been briefed.”
Former CoS, Mr Abba Kyari, had died of complications associated with COVID-19 on April 17.