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CoS: Former UN Sec-Gen happy with Gambari’s appointment

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has described the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari as a great asset to Nigeria and Africa ”in a broader sense.”

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Ki-moon’s message was contained in a letter of congratulations addressed to Prof Gambari.

According to the statement, in the letter dated May 18, the former UN Secretary-General wrote: ‘I would like to sincerely congratulate you on your recent appointment as Chief of Staff to H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.


”Your appointment is a great asset not to the President of Nigeria but also your country Nigeria and Africa in a broader sense.

”I am confident that your invaluable experience gained while serving the UN, with various important leadership roles, will help your leadership in addressing these challenging times caused by COVID-19.

”I shared this good news with the former Minister Yoo Chong-ha, your good friend and former Foreign Minister of Korea. He sends his warmest congratulations to you.”


The statement also said the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, had also expressed delight with the appointment of Prof Gambari as the Chief of Staff to the President.

The statenebt stated that the High Commissioner said the Mission looks forward to working closely with the Chief of Staff on ”our shared agenda in the challenging COVID-19 times.”



UN – COVID-19 worsening gender inequalities.

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has warned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is worsening existing gender inequalities.

In a video message on Thursday, Guterres said the little progress in gender equality and women’s rights over the decades was at risk of being reversed by the disease.

He said although there were indications that the virus might be killing more men than women, it was having “devastating social and economic consequences for women and girls”.

He said: “Nearly 60 per cent of women around the world work in the informal economy, earning less, saving less, and at greater risk of falling into poverty.

“As markets fall and businesses close, millions of women’s jobs have disappeared.

“At the same time, as they are losing paid employment, women’s unpaid care work has increased exponentially as a result of school closures and the increased needs of older people.

“These are combining as never before to defeat women’s rights and deny women’s opportunities.

“Progress lost takes years to regain. Teenage girls out of school may never return.”

NobleReporters learnt that the message followed the launch of a report titled, “Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women”.

The 16-page document explores how the novel disease is changing the lives of women and girls.

It suggested measures that should accompany both the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts.

Guterres urged governments to “put women and girls at the centre of their efforts to recover from COVID-19”.

“That starts with women as leaders, with equal representation and decision-making power.

“Measures to protect and stimulate the economy, from cash transfers to credits and loans, must be targeted at women,” he said.

The Secretary-General also advocated the expansion of social safety nets for women and recognition of unpaid care work as a vital contribution to the economy.

“Gender equality and women’s rights are essential to getting through this pandemic together, to recovering faster, and to building a better future for everyone,” he added.


UN Sec Gen., Antonio Guterres cried insecurities, uncertainty.

…Wishes world peace and happiness in New Year message

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has lamented that the world is entering the year 2020 with uncertainty and insecurity.

Guterres, in his New Year message issued in New York however said that in spite of the ugly happenings across the world, there was hope.

The United Nations scribe added that young people were at the heart of his New Year message, referring to the youths as the greatest source of hope for the world.

“From here at the United Nations, I join you in welcoming the New Year.

His statement reads in part:

“We enter 2020 with uncertainty and insecurity all around.

“Persistent inequality and rising hatred.

“A warring world and a warming planet.

“Climate change is not only a long-term problem, but a clear and present danger.

“We cannot afford to be the generation that fiddled while the planet burned.

“But there is also hope.”

In spite of the sad happenings he enumerated, Guterres maintained that his New Year message was to the greatest source of the hope, the youths.

“This year, my New Year’s message is to the greatest source of that hope: the world’s young people.

“From climate action to gender equality to social justice and human rights, your generation is on the frontlines and in the headlines.

“I am inspired by your passion and determination.

“You are rightly demanding a role in shaping the future.

“I am with you,” Guterres assured.

While saying that the United Nations stood with the youths and belonged to the youths, Guterres further said in the year 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the world body would be launching a Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations’ blueprint for a fair globalisation.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres

“This year, the world needs young people to keep speaking out. Keep thinking big. Keep pushing boundaries. And keep up the pressure.

“I wish you peace and happiness in 2020,” Guterres concluded.