Wednesday, 13 June 2012 05:00
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday gave letters of credence to 93 newly appointed ambassadors with a call on them to shun ethnicity and promote national unity in their countries of assignment. The new envoys included 62 Heads of Mission, 24 Deputy Heads of Mission and seven ambassadors-in-situ, who would be domiciled in Nigeria.
Prominent among the 93 ambassadors are former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe (Canada), Abubakar Shehu Bunu (Saudi Arabia), former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Taofeek Arapaja (Jordan), Ambassador Tukur Mani (Iran), Akinyele Oladipo Fayomi (France), Assam Ekanem Assam (Russia) and former Minister of Aviation Minsiter Fidelia Akuabata Njeze (Switzerland).
Although the president presented the letters of credence to all 93 new envoys, Daily Trust obtained the list of only 48 envoys with their countries of postings. The 48 are also those who the federal government have received letters of approval from the host countries. The remaining 45 only received their letter of credence while government still awaits letter of agreement from their host countries
Also among the envoys are 11 women including Mrs Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Mrs. Hadiza Mustapha, Mrs. Victoria Onipede, Mrs. Katherine Okon and Mrs Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie
Other female envoys are Mrs Matilda Kwashi, Mrs Katyen Jackden, Mrs Nonye Okpara, Sifawu Momoh and Mrs. Martine Gereng-Sen.
Ambassadors in-situ who would be domiciled in the country are the State House Chief of Protocol, Mr. Olutola Onijala; the Presidential Liaison Officer, Alh. Abubakar Waziri and Alh. Abdulkadir Musa.
The other Ambassadors in-situ are Ridhwan Mustapha, Ozoemenam Nwobu, Sunday Omoigiade and Harrison Solaja.
The issuance of the letters represents the last stage of official release of the envoys to resume at their duty posts.
President Jonathan while presenting the envoys their letters admonished them to project Nigeria as an indivisible national entity.
“You are the torchbearers of our vision and purposes as we engage the world. Go out and serve the nation with dedication and pride.
Jonathan also charged them to show commitment to the defence of interests of Nigerians living and operating lawfully in their countries of accreditation
The president tasked the new envoys to attract investments to the nation and open markets to indigenous goods.
Earlier in his remark, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, said the event should be regarded as government’s efforts at injecting vigour and dynamism to the nation’s foreign policy.
In his vote of thanks on behalf of the new ambassadors, Maduekwe said they were grateful for the opportunity to represent the president.
2.Amb. Felix Edobor Awanbor (Belgium)
3.Amb. Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin (Benin Republic)
4.Amb. Okwudili Odi Obidigbo Nwosu (Burundi)
5.Amb. Hadiza Mustapha (Cameroon)
6.Amb. Ojo Uma Maduekwe (Canada)
7.Amb. Garba Abdu Zakari (Chad)
8.Amb. Victoria Jolaade Bosede Onipede (C/Brazzaville)
9.Amb. Katherine Uyok Okon (Czech Republic)
10.Amb. Grant Okechukwu Ehiobuche (D/Rep. of Congo)
11.Amb. Sunday Benjamin B. Bassey (Equitorial Guinea)
12.Amb. Akinyele Oladipo Fayomi (France)
13.Amb. Ademola Oluseyi Onafowokan (Ghana)
14.Amb. Ayodeji Lawrence Ayodele (Greece)
15.Amb. Abdul Rahman Sallahdeen (Indonesia)
16.Amb. Tukur Mani (Iran)
17.Amb. Eric Tonye Aworabhi (Italy)
18.Amb. Olatokunboh Kamson (Jamaica)
19.Amb. Taofeek Oladejo Arapaja (Jordan)
20.Amb. Solomon Akintola Kayode Oyateru (Kenya)
21.Amb. Haruna Garba (Kuwait)
22.Amb. Chigozie Fidelia Obi-Nnadozie (Liberia)
23.Amb. Mohammed Lawan Gana (Malawi)
24.Amb. Zhiri James Gana (Mexico)
25.Amb. Matilda Kwashi (Mozambique)
26.Amb. Biodun Nathaniel Olorunfemi (Namibia)
27.Amb. Alexander Nwofe (North Korea)
28.Amb. Akinyemi Farounbi (Philippines)
29.Amb. Samuel Wodi Jimba (Poland)
30.Amb. Abba Abdullahi Tijani (Romania)
31. Amb. Assam Ekanem Assam (Russia)
32. Amb. Ayibakuro Peter Ogidi-Oke (Rwanda)
33. Amb. Abubakar Shehu Bunu (Saudi Arabia)
34. Amb. Katyen Catherine Jackden (Senegal)
35. Amb. Eyo Asuquo (Sierra Leone)
36. Amb. Femi Akenson Rotimi (Sri Lanka)
37. Amb. Haliru Sodangi Shuaibu (Sudan)
38. Amb. Fidelia Akuabata Njeze (Switzerland)
39. Amb. Adamu Babangida Ibrahim (Syria)
40. Amb. Chukwudi Newington Okafor (Thailand)
41. Amb. Matthew Sunday Adoli (Togo)
42. Amb. James Shuaibu Barka (Tunisia)
43. Amb. Cornelius O. Oluwateru (United Arab. Emirates)
44. Amb. Frank Ngozi Isoh (Uganda)
45. Amb. Ibrahim Auwalu (Ukraine)
46. Amb. Francis Chukwuemeka Okeke (Vatican)
47. Amb. Mathias Ojih Okafor (Vietnam)
48. Amb. Sifawu Inu-Umoru Momoh (Zambia)