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Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Foreign Affairs Minister

Nigeria recalls all career, non-career ambassadors to Abuja

Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Foreign Affairs Minister

The Federal Government has recalled all career and non-career ambassadors, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, has clarified.

The media was awash recently, with the recall of Nigeria’s High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, but clarifying the decision on Saturday, the minister said the action was not a witch-hunt but affects all career and non-career ambassadors.

Tuggar communicated the latest information through his Special Adviser on Media, Al-Kashim Abdul-Kadir, who said: “Sequel to the inquiries on the letter recalling the Nigerian ambassador to the UK, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, has reaffirmed 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’s his prerogative to send or recall them from any country.”

The ambassadors are expected to commence the winding down of their affairs in their countries of deployment, and take formal leave of the host government within 60 days and to return to Nigeria by October 31, 2023 at the latest.

The minister, while thanking them for the service they have rendered while representing the country in their host countries, said he is looking forward to welcoming them in Abuja on their return.

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