Buhari reappoints 12 non-career ambassadors, drops US, UK, envoys

Yusuf Bello | President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved the renewal of appointments of 12 non-career ambassadors.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who broke the news in a statement, however, said, the appointments of George Oguntade, Nigerian high commissioner to the United Kingdom, and Sylvanus Nsofor, Nigerian ambassador to the United States, were not renewed by the president.

Oguntade is from Ogun while Nsofor is from Imo state.

The president congratulated those whose appointments were renewed, urging them to keep upholding and promoting the values of stewardship to Nigeria, while bridging good relations with other nations.

He also assured Nigerians of fairness in representation and inclusiveness in all matters of governance.

The statement read, “The assurance from the president became necessary following recent complaints after the announcement of 41 non-career ambassadors that some states were not captured.”

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“The renewal of the appointments followed a performance evaluation, which necessitated an approval for continuation in office of the ambassadors, & the President will still decide if they will remain in their current postings.”

The names of the ambassadors whose appointments were renewed are listed below…

Uzoma Emenike (Abia)

Yusuf Tuggar (Bauchi)

Muhammad Madugu (Bauchi)

Baba Jida (Bornu)

Uyigue Oghogho (EDO)

Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti)

Deborah Iliya (Kaduna)

Mohammed Rimi (Katsina)

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (Kebbi)

Modupe Irele (Lagos)

Adeyinka Asekun (Ogun)

Goni Bura (Yobe)

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