By Shola Adewunmi
The Nigeria Opposition Coalition(CUPP) on Wednesday said it welcomed the appointment of Prof. Gambari Agboola as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari with caution.
In a statement signed by CUPP Spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, the group urged Gambari to deploy the experience he had garnered on the global stage for years to assist the country.
The statement read: “The Nigeria Opposition Coalition(CUPP) has received the official news of the appointment of a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the late Abba Kyari who died recently as a result of complications from COVID-19.
“Opposition Coalition Parties are not unaware of the fact that Prof. Gambari is a die hard agent of the late military dictator,Sani Abacha and did everything on human earth to defend the numerous atrocities of the Abacha regime while serving as Gen. Abacha’s UN representative including supporting the evil execution of late Ken Saro Wiwa and annulment of June 12 election.
” We are therefore welcoming his new appointment with caution. We shall watch him closely as he resumes duties at the Presidential Villa. We shall hold him responsible for all his new actions and judge him by them.
“In the meantime, the CUPP is calling on Prof Gambari to use the experience he has garnered on the global stage for years to assist the country to pull out his boss, the President, from the deep pit of incompetence where he has sunk into.
“We remind him that with his new appointment, he has been placed in a strategic position to help re-direct the nation from the path of destruction which his boss has been moving it to.
“He should therefore stand up and be counted among those interested in the repositioning of the country so that history can be fair to him at the end of his assignment.”