Pan-African Youth Com congratulates Prof Gambari, charges Nigerian youths on governance

Arogbonlo Israel

The Pan-African Youth Commissioner, Amb. Oladele John Nihi has congratulated the newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement released to newsmen, Wednesday, the youth leader congratulated Prof Ibrahim Gambari for his new office, stating that Nigerians can be well assured of effective service as he takes over as the most senior operational member of the office of the President of Nigeria, following the death of Mallam Abba Kyari; the President's right hand man and former Chief of Staff to President Buhari.

It will be recalled Prof Ibrahim Gambari was Nigeria's former Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 under General Muhammadu Buhari's military regime.

He was also the longest serving Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations, serving under five Heads of State and Presidents from 1990 to 1999.

Amb Oladele John Nihi believes that as a Diplomat and Administrator, Prof Ibrahim Gambari would serve the country as expected and even beyond measure.

He also admonished the new CoS to always have the good interests of Nigerians at heart as he discharges his expected duties effectively.

The Youth Commissioner used the opportunity to charge Nigerian youths to see the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as a challenge to push further strategically in having their voices heard in Nigerian politics.

"There are bright and younger minds in the country who could serve in the capacity of CoS to the President, and function without any struggles.

Youth participation in politics should be treated as essential and of importance in other to have adequate representation of youths in the corridors of power and at all levels of decisions making in the country," he said.

"I urge Nigerian youths not to sit and complain bitterly about the President appointing an older person, but rather come up with a strategic approach to gain back their relevance in Nigeria politics and the continent at large," he concluded.

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