Nigerian President Buhari Posts Ambassador Appointees, Ex-Ministers to UK, Spain

File Photo of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in Virtual Meeting with Former Heads of State and Presidents in State House on 23rd Oct 2020.

Seven months after nominating ambassador nominees for Senate confirmation, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the deployment of 52 non-career envoys and 43 career ambassadors based on the confirmed list from the Senate.

According to the postings contained in a list circulated on Sunday, former Minister of State for Defence, Demola Seriki, was posted to Spain as the Nigerian Ambassador while another former Minister of Mines and Steel, Sarafat Ishola, will serve as the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Ishola, an Ogun State born politician is an ally of a former Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Another notable figure in the list is the Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian newspaper, Debo Adesina, who has been posted to Togo as the Ambassador.

Out of 11 ambassadors who were re-appointed, eight were retained in their current countries of posting and three others were redeployed.

Detail of the Posting

Mohammed Rimi (United Arab Emirates), Jidda Baba (China)

Gani Bura (Lebanon)

Yusuf Tuggar (Germany)

Baba Madugu (Switzerland) and Deborah Illiya (Congo).

Ambassador Tijani Muhammmad-Bande will retain his position as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York.

Adeyinka Asekun will remain the High Commissioner to Canada.

Modupe Irele, current Ambassador to France, redeployed to Hungary.

Eniola Ajayi, Ambassador to Hungary, redeployed to the Netherlands.

Posting of Non-career diplomats

Ms Ijeoma Chineyerem, Ambassador to Ireland

Oma Djebah posted to Thailand.

Abdulahi Shehu (Russia).

Haruna Manta (South Africa).

Kayode Laro (France).

Paul Adikwu (The Vatican).

Abubakar Moriki (Japan).

Mrs. Opunimi Akinkugbe (Greece).

Ali Magashi (South Korea).

M.O. Abam (Italy).

N.A. Kolo (Israel).

A. Sule (India).

G.Y. Hamza (Ghana).

A.N. Madubike (Australia).

O.C Onowu (Belgium).

Other appointees to serve as deputy ambassadors or heads of mission include:

A.E. Alleboy (Deputy Ambassador to France).

G.E. Edokpa (Deputy Permanent Representative to The UN).

Ben Okoyen (Cuba).

G.M. Okeke (Deputy Head of Mission to Switzerland).

S.Sani to London, (Deputy High Commissioner to UK)

I.A Iwejuo (Ethiopia as Deputy Ambassador).

I.A. Alatishe (Deputy Ambassador to Russia).

I.R. Ocheni (Germany).