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Ambassadorship: Tinubu to vet foreign affairs ministry’s list

Ambassadorship: Tinubu to vet foreign affairs ministry’s l

Following the submission of suggested candidates by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Bola Tinubu is veting a list of ambassadorial nominations.

This action follows the complete recall of Nigerian ambassadors throughout the world as part of a major diplomatic reform to bring Nigeria's overseas presence into line with the policy objectives of the current administration.

The PUNCH has confirmation from Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf Tuggar that President Tinubu has received the list of possible diplomats, which includes both political and career nominations.

However, despite circulating rumours of a finalized list, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Bayo Onanuga, clarified, “There is no official list as of today… That is fake news. The foreign affairs list will still go through certain processes before it is released."

It is anticipated that career diplomats will make up the majority of the nominees, with a focus on selecting those with significant professional and technical experience.

Afolabi Adeola, the founder of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc., is one of the prominent individuals being considered. It is said that he is a candidate for the position of Nigeria's ambassador to one of the top three economies in the world.

Other possible candidates are Tasiu Maigari, the Speaker of the Katsina House of Assembly, and Olufemi Pedro, a former deputy governor of Lagos State and Senior Special Assistant to the President.

This choice highlights a plan to encourage foreign direct investment and strengthen Nigeria's international ties by demonstrating the administration's commitment to assign seasoned technocrats and business executives to important diplomatic roles.

The responsibility of proposing applicants for the ambassadorial positions has fallen to a specialised committee, which will take into account the strategic importance of each posting—particularly in nations where Nigeria has significant political interests.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has acknowledged that President Tinubu's order to recall all Nigerian ambassadors by October 31, 2023, is the reason for this diplomatic shuffle.

The recall of ambassadors appointed by the administration of previous President Muhammadu Buhari, both professional and non-career, demonstrated a will to revitalise Nigeria's diplomatic outposts overseas.

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