Minister presents letters of credence to Adesina, other envoys

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama (second left), presents Letter of Credence to Nigeria’s new envoy to the Republic of Togo, Amb Debo Adesina (second from right). Flanking them are the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb Zubairu Dada (left) and the permanent secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb Gabriel Aduda .

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has presented Letter of Credence to Nigeria’s new envoy to the Republic of Togo, Amb Debo Adesina.

Aside from Adesina, a former Editor-in-Chief of Guardian Newspapers, the minister also presented Letters of Credence to the batch of envoys who were recently appointed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

At the event in Abuja recently were the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb Zubairu Dada; and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb Gabriel Aduda.

The Senate had last year confirmed the appointment of 38 non-career and one career ambassadors-designate who would represent the country on foreign missions.

Among the non-career ones are, two journalists, Debo Adesina (Oyo) and Oma Djebah (Delta).

The list also included Dare Awoniyi (Kogi), who is the son of the late Sunday Awoniyi, former Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum.

The full list of the non-career ambassadors are, Umar Suleiman (Adamawa); Kelvin Peter (Adamawa); Chief Elejah Onyeagba (Anambra); Prof. Monique Ekpong (Cross River); Ominyi N. Eze (Ebonyi); Yamah Mohammed Musa (Edo); Maj. Gen. C. O. Ugwu (Enugu); Dr. Hajara I. Salim (Gombe); Amb. Yahaya Lawal (Katsina); Ademola Seriki (Lagos); Chief Sarafa Tunji Ishola (Ogun); Adejare Bello (Osun); John Usanga (Akwa Ibom); Hamisu Umar Takalmawa (Kano); Philip Ikurusi (Bayelsa); Hon. Tarzoor Terhemen (Benue); Al-Bishir Ibrahim Al-Hussain (Borno); Obiezu Ijeoma Chinyerem (Imo); Ali M. Magashi (Jigawa); Prof. M. A. Makarfi (Kaduna).

Others are: Henry John Omaku (Nasarawa); Sadiya Ahmad Nuhu (Kano); Adeshina Alege (Oyo); Shehu Abdullahi Yibaikwai (Plateau); Maureen Tamuno (Rivers), Faruk Yabo (Sokoto); Abubakar Moriki (Zamfara); Adamu M. Hassan (Taraba); Abubakar D. Ibrahim Siyi (Bauchi); Paul Oga Adikwu (Benue); Jazuli Imam Galadanci (Kano); Dare Sunday Awoniyi (Kogi); Ibrahim Kayode Laaro (Kwara), Abioye Bello (Kwara); Zara Maazu Umar (Kwara); Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe (Ondo); Debo Adesina (Oyo); Ms. Folakemi Akinyele (Oyo); and Oma Djebah (Delta).

Mr Suleiman Sani (FCT) career ambassador.

The ambassadors received their letters of credence recently and are expected to present the letters to the heads of state of their countries of posting.