President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the posting of 48 new ambassadors out to their missions from a list of 93, at a ceremony in the State House, on Tuesday, June 12.
The President charged the new envoys to give higher priority to promoting democracy and good governance while at the same time pursuing multilateral diplomacy to the benefit of Nigeria in an ever-changing world.
"You are assuming office at a critical period in Nigeria's developmental history. As you prepare to depart to your countries of accreditation, you must always bear in mind that our foreign policy must reflect the aspirations and priorities of a democratic Nigeria.
"Economic diplomacy and Africa remain at the centre of our foreign policy agenda. In this respect, your responsibility to attract investments into the country and open up markets for our local goods and services cannot be over emphasised.
"Defending the interests of Nigerians living and operating lawfully in your countries of accreditation must be seen as a primary assignment.
"Protecting their interest through greater and more efficient consular support is also a priority to which you must remain fully committed.
"Increasingly, the Diaspora is shaping the growth and development of nations. Ours should not be different. We have a vibrant Diaspora that you need to constantly engage with so that it can effectively support and make contributions to national development, especially in the areas of finance, ICT and intellectual property."
"Today, we live in an international environment that is characterised by rapid change, intense competition, and driven by knowledge and technology. It is an exciting world in which only the best succeed.
"In such an environment, only a dynamic, confident and proactive foreign service can effectively and efficiently serve Nigeria's interests.
"To build and sustain a corps of staff that can excel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must accord priority to recruiting the best and ensuring the regular training of its diplomatic agents.
"I believe that the objective of raising standards can also be achieved if senior Foreign Service officers are given challenges that prove their worth. They should be sufficiently equipped to act as veritable change agents, and lead in positively driving Nigeria's foreign policy objectives abroad.
"My decision to give prominence to career officers in the current appointments was informed, in part, by the imperative to incentivise the career officers and enhance commitment to professional excellence," President Jonathan stated.
Among the envoys are 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.
Names - Country
1. Amb. Chive Lor Ignatius Kaave - Argentina
2. Amb. Felix Edobor Awanbor -Belgium
3. Amb. Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin - Benin Rep.
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 - Congo Brazzaville
9. Amb. Katherine Uyok Okon - Chech Republic
10. Amb. Grant Okechukwu Ehiobuche - Dem. Rep. of Congo
11. Amb. Sunday Benjamin B Bassey - Equat. 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. Ghigozie 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 Tijjani - 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. Matthias Ojih Okafor - Vietnam
48. Amb. Sifawu Inu-Umoru Momoh - Zambia