In pursuit of her passion to represent the interest of the people of her constituency (Yobe State) in Nigeria’s lower chamber. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, has resigned as the Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Widely regarded as a respectable, result-oriented and pragmatic diplomat with a calm disposition, her time as Hon. Minister of State has continued to receive accolades from members of the diplomatic community, senior officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as a group of retired Ambassadors.
No wonder, while speaking at the farewell dinner in her honour at the Tafawa Balewa House, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Geoffrey Onyeama, observed that the premature exit of his colleague was a loss to the ministry in particular as well as the diplomatic community in general.
Present at the farewell reception was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman, several Directors of the ministry, group of retired Ambassadors, and the Heads of quangos under the foreign ministry, as well as the Nigerian Permanent Representative to the Economic Community of West African States-ECOWAS.
The outgoing Minister who was variously described as humane, compassionate, generous, humble and detribalized resigned to enable her contest for the lower chamber in the National Assembly under the ruling, All Progressive Congress (APC) of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister using many superlatives commented on how he has enjoyed working with Hon. Khadija, and described her leaving as a bitter-sweet occasion.
he remarked that:
“It’s a bitter occasion because it’s going to be a real loss for the ministry but sweet in the sense that she is pursuing her passion. And there is nothing better than seeing somebody pursue their passion”.
Responding to her farewell reception, Honourable Khadija Ibrahim expressed gratitude to Mr. President for the opportunity to serve the Nigerian government, and she further gave a befitting tribute to the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama as well as the Permanent Secretary, and the entire staff of the ministry for making her service there an enjoyable and memorable one indeed. She noted the support and cooperation of the Permanent Secretary, career diplomats and everybody who made her stay in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs an enjoyable one.