As Nigeria continues the process of strenghtening bi-lateral relations with different countries, additional Career and Non-career Ambassadors-designate have been presented with Letters of Credence, bringing the number to a total of 47 so far.
The ceremony had in attendance the HMFA, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of State, MFA, Amb. Zubairu Dada, the Permanent Secretary, Amb. Gabriel Aduda, and several Directors of the Ministry.
Among the Ambassadors-designate who received their Letters of Credence included Amb. Isola Sarafa (United Kingdom), Amb. Mohammed A. Markarfi (Brazil), Amb. Philip Ikurusi (Argentina), Amb. Chinyerem I. Obiezu (Ireland), Amb. E.S. Agbana (Equatorial Guinea), Amb. Ibrahim K. Laro (France), Amb. Elijah Onyeagba (Burundi) and Amb. AdebowaleAdesina (Togo).
Addressing the Ambassadors-designate, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who presented the letters to the envoys, apprised them of President Muhammadu Buhari’s expectations of them and equally urged them to have as a priority, the advancement of Nigeria’s interests in any and all circumstances they find themselves.
The Minister noted that, “you will be called upon to deal with a lot of global issues representing the country, in addition to the more traditional role that you will have as diplomats, promoting trade and investment for our country, facilitating an exchange for students and others and getting maximum benefits of whichever country it is you are in, for Nigeria and Nigerians”.
Speaking on behalf of the Ambassadors-designate, Amb. Isola Sarafa expressed gratitude to President Buhari for considering them worthy to represent Nigeria as envoys while pledging allegiance to the President and the country.
He said, “we want to reiterate our pledge of loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, our loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and our loyalty to the Foreign Service of Nigeria under the leadership of Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama. So Help us God”.
Envoys are required to carry along with them to their resident missions, the Letters of Credence, which upon arrival, will be presented to the Head of State of the respective receiving country in order to be accepted as members of the Diplomatic Corps of the State and added to a Diplomatic List.