... Congratulates Gambarii for contributions to Political Science Education
By Chukwuma Nwalih
NSUKKA---- The Nigerian Political Science Association, NIPSA, has congratulated Professor Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the national president of the association, Professor Aloysius-Michael Okolie, and the secretary-general, Dr. Gerald Ezirim.
NIPSA also commended Gambari for his contributions to the growtg of Political Science Education, nationally and internationally, hoping that he would deploy his wealth of experience in moving the country forward.
The statement read in part, "The Leadership and Members of the Nigerian Political Science Association, NIPSA, heartily congratulate our distinguished and resourceful professional colleague, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on a well- deserved appointment as the Chief of Staff to the President...
"Members of the NIPSA are pleased with this critical appointment and hereby congratulate the Federal Government for this great initiative.
"We received the news of the appointment of our very senior colleague, a distinguished scholar/diplomat and eminent member of our highly revered Association, with great joy and expectations. Gambari is an illustrious son of Africa and indeed a global ciitizen whose services are remarkably indelible and well appreciated by close associates and confidants. "Gambari instigated trail- blazing contributions following his decision to relocate to Nigeria after studying abroad and lecturing in two leading American Universities, viz: City University of New York and the University of Albany...
"Again, Professor Gambari established a link and collaboration with the French Government whereby staff in the Department were afforded the rare opportunity of pursuing Post-Graduate Programmes in France. These numerous academic contributions, including his vast enriching publications, serving as Head of Department and community services earned him a deserved promotion to the Rank of Professor by the Management of the ABU.
"In addition to the above landmark achievements, the Shagari government, largely influenced by Professor Gambari’s leading light in the field of international relations, snapped him from ABU and appointed him the Director General of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos. He had hardly settled down in the new office when the young Buhari government appointed him the Minister of External Relations in 1984.
"The era represented a golden opportunity to practicalise his rich theories of international relations with respect to advancing the fundamental praxis underlying the country’s foreign policy. Indeed, Professor Gambari instantly deployed his bounteous knowledge in the Ministry by enunciating and propagating the doctrine of the Concentric Circles thereby deepening the capacities of relevant institutions to, inter alia, activate autochthonous foreign policy behaviour and people -oriented external relations. Although he served for less than two years in the office, his impact in theorising the country’s foreign policy is still being felt till this day..."