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Ambassadorial Appointment: Why Ex-service Chiefs Are But To Be Deployed

Ambassadorial Appointment: Why Ex-service Chiefs Are But To Be Deployed

President Muhammadu Buhari had on February 4, 2021, appointed the retired service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.

The nominees are Common Abayomi Olonisakin (Rtd) – Ekiti; Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (Rtd) – Borno; Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas (Rtd) – Cross River; Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd) – Bauchi; and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd) – Kano.

Gen Olonisakin had served as Chief of Protection Workers (CDS); Buratai as Chief of Military Workers (COAS); Ibas as Chief of Naval Workers (CNS); Abubakar as Chief of Air Workers (CAS) and Usman as Chief of Protection Intelligence (CDI).

President Buhari, in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, mentioned their nomination as non-career ambassadors designate was in accordance with Part 171 (1), (2) (c) and Sub-Part 4 of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The president appointed the ex-service chiefs in 2015 and refused to bow to the stress of relieving them of their duties till they “voluntarily” resigned.

Earlier than their “retirement,” there had been widespread calls for his or her removing over failure to comprise the safety challenges going through the nation, which critics mentioned grew to become exacerbated below their watch. So, their appointments as ambassadors sparked public outrage, with calls on the senate to reject their nominations.

The Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) mentioned the appointments was a plot to protect them from investigation over alleged killing of Nigerians “and crimes in opposition to humanity below their inglorious watch.”

In a press release by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP charged the senate to eschew all partisan concerns and stand on the facet of the individuals.

Reacting to PDP’s stand, a presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, defended their nominations, saying the ex-service chiefs failed solely within the eyes of those that didn’t know what success was.

Regardless of the outrage, the senate, on February 23, 2021, confirmed their nominations.

Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Overseas Affairs, which screened the nominees, in a report, mentioned “their experiences as service chiefs and within the army the place they rose to the best ranks of their careers have made them eminently certified; and the nominees have been very educated and articulate of their responses to questions directed at them by the committee.”

Sen Bulkachuwa, nonetheless, disclosed that, “The committee obtained petitions in opposition to their nominations as non-career ambassadors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria however the petitions have been dismissed.”

The Senate Minority Chief, Enyinnaya Abaribe, demanded rationalization as to the rationale behind the dismissal of the petitions in opposition to the nominees by the committee, significantly in opposition to the backdrop of the senate’s resolutions previously calling for his or her removing as service chiefs.

Nevertheless, the Senate President, Lawan, identified that the senate’s decision demanding their removing was on no account associated to President Buhari’s request for it to verify them as ambassadors-designate, including that “these are two separate roles.”

Sen Lawan additional mentioned, “With out prejudice to what the chief will do, the place we have to combat the Boko Haram insurgency and banditry, due to their expertise within the discipline, they need to be capable of work together very intently and sufficiently to recommendation and create the environment for working collectively for partnership and cooperation between Nigeria and people nations.

“So, I feel on that scope the nominations can’t be nullified as a result of we mentioned they need to be modified.”

Diplomatic posting

In diplomatic observe, ambassadors-designate are deployed to overseas missions solely when agreemos have been sought and obtained from potential nations. The interval differs from nation to nation.

An agreemo is a memorandum from one nation to a different agreeing to the appointment of an envoy or envoy.

After acquiring an agreemo and an envoy-designate briefed on their mandate, they are going to be issued Letter of Credence signed by the president or head of state, which will likely be offered to the president or head of state of the host nation.

Sources from the Ministry of Overseas Affairs informed Each day Belief Saturday that every one mandatory procedures for the deployment of the retired service chiefs have been but to be accomplished.

It was additional gathered that the previous army chiefs had undergone an induction (orientation) course, assigned portfolios and would resume responsibility when agreemos are obtained from the host nations.

It’s not but clear the place the ex-service chiefs would serve, however sources mentioned they’re assigned to Nigeria’s neighbouring nations.
The supply additional mentioned, “When the profession and non-career ambassadors-designate (screened earlier than the nomination of the previous service chiefs) have been assigned portfolios, neighbouring nations have been left vacant. However we don’t know who will likely be posted there.

“You understand they solely make postings public when agreemos are signed by the host nations to keep away from detrimental tales in case an envoy is rejected.

“So we don’t know whether or not they have gotten the agreemos or not. That’s the stage it’s proper now.”

It was additional gathered {that a} good variety of agreemos had been obtained from overseas governments and the affected envoys had been offered Letters of Credence and deployed to their locations of task.

Deployment course of on the right track – Ministry

The Ministry of Overseas Affairs mentioned the process for the deployment of the previous service chiefs to diplomatic posts abroad was on the right track.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, informed Each day Belief that, “I don’t assume something is delaying their deployment. Issues must go in line with process; an agreemo needs to be despatched and the receiving nation has to reply as a result of they’re identical to every other non-career ambassadors.”

Mr Nwoye added that, “I don’t know why there needs to be a lot emphasis on them. They’re going there to do the job identical to different non-career ambassadors will.”


President Buhari had since January accepted the posting of profession and non-career ambassadors to overseas missions.

In a press release in January, the Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, introduced the presidential approval.

Amb Aduda mentioned within the assertion that, “The Ministry of Overseas Affairs needs to tell that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, has accepted the posting of ambassadors-designate to Nigerian missions overseas. The listing contains 43 profession ambassadors and 52 non-career ambassadors.

“With this growth, the method of requesting settlement from the possible host nations has commenced.”

A breakdown of the postings confirmed that Dr Uzoma Emenike, a profession diplomat, was posted to the US, whereas M.I. Bashir serves as his deputy; Sarafat Ishola will function Excessive Commissioner to the UK; Demola Seriki will resume in Spain; Omah Djebah in Thailand and Debo Adesina in Togo.

Tijani Muhammmad-Bande serves as Everlasting Consultant to the United Nations, New York; Adeyinka as Excessive Commissioner to Canada; Mohammed Rimi (United Arab Emirates); Ahmad Baba Jidda (China); Gani Bura (Lebanon); Yusuf Tuggar (Germany); Baba Madugu (Switzerland); Deborah Illiya (Congo); Modupe Irele (Hungary) and Eniola Ajayi (Netherlands).

Others are Ijeoma Chineyerem (Eire); Abdulahi Shehu (Russia); Haruna Manta (South Africa); Kayode Laro (France); Paul Adikwu (The Vatican); Abubakar Moriki (Japan); Mrs Opunimi Akinkugbe (Greece) and Ali Magashi (South Korea).

M.O. Abam is posted to Italy; N.A. Kolo (Israel); A. Sule (India); G.Y. Hamza (Ghana); A.N. Madubike (Australia) and O.C Onowu (Belgium).

The remaining appointees are to function deputy ambassadors or heads of mission. They embrace A.E. Alleboy (France); G.E. Edokpa (United Nations), Ben Okoyen (Cuba); G.M. Okeke (Switzerland); S. Sani (UK); I.A Iwejuo (Ethiopia), A. Alatishe (Russia) and I.R. Ocheni (Germany).

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