The Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government has begun compiling the list of new ambassadors following the recall of all Nigeria’s ambassadors, both career and non-career.
Vox9ja reports that the recalled ambassadors were asked to return to the country on or before October 31, 2023.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, had reportedly communicated the recall to the various envoys.
According to The PUNCH, some ambassadors had returned, while a majority of them still left behind had formally handed over to their most senior officers but perfecting travel plans to return home as directed.
Speaking anonymously, an envoy said all ambassadors could not return on or before the deadline given by the Federal Government, noting that they were not flouting the rules.
He stated, “Each mission (embassy/high commission) has its peculiar condition. It is, therefore, not possible for all ambassadors to meet the deadline.
“This is not to say that those who could not return before the deadline have gone against the presidential directive. There is that understanding, following general recall of ambassadors every four years.
“I am one of those that have yet to return, and the reason why I am still here is because of some circumstances that require attention from me for a little more time. I am ready to depart soonest.”
Another ambassador in one of the European countries told The PUNCH that his delay in the country was due to unforeseen circumstances, adding, “I am substantially in compliance with the October 31st deadline.”
It was gathered that the Presidency had started compiling names of new ambassadors that would represent Nigeria in different countries.
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A top official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told our correspondent, “Names of new ambassadors are being compiled.”
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