Photo: President Bola Tinubu.
Breaking: President Tinubu recalls all Nigerian Ambassadors
Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, has recalled all the country’s career and non-career ambassadors from their countries of posting.
The recall of the country’s envoys was announced on Saturday in a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.
Tuggar said that their recall was at the instruction of the President and that it was the prerogative of the President to send or recall the nation’s ambassadors from any country.
“Sequel to the inquiries on the letter recalling the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, has clarified that all career ambassadors and non-career ambassadors have been recalled on the instructions of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Ambassadors as representatives of the country serve at the behest of the President and it is his prerogative to send or recall them from any country,” Tuggar said in the statement.
Periscope International recalls that the President recently recalled the country’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Sarafa Ishola.
Ishola’s recall was announced in a letter from Tuggar, which brought his tenure there to an abrupt end.
Tuggar’s letter to Ishola directed him to commence the process of winding down his affairs depart the UK within 60 days, that is, to return to Nigeria latest by October 31, 2023.
The sudden recall of all Nigerian ambassadors has left many tongues wagging as no official reason was given for the decision.
Some observers however say it is possible that the President is seeking to reshuffle his diplomatic team or that he is unhappy with the performance of some the envoys.