Nigeria’s federal government has proposed the deployment of 52 non-career ambassadors to its foreign missions abroad.
According to the one-page list, a former Deputy Editor of THISDAY Newspapers, Mr. Oma Djebah, is posted to Thailand while another top journalist and former Editor of The Guardian Newspaper, Mr. Debo Adesina, will serve in Togo.
The Abia State nominee, Mrs. Uzoma Emenike will serve in Washington DC as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States while a former Minister of Mines and Steel Development from Ogun State, Sharafa Ishola, is posted to the United Kingdom as High Commissioner.
Also, a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Ademola Seriki, from Lagos State, is posted to Spain while Tijanni Mohammed-Bande, current permanent representative to the United Nations, retains his post.
Other women on the list of non-career envoys posted include Folakemi Akinpelu (Oyo) to Philippines; Opunimi Akinkugbe (Ondo) to Greece; Deborah Illiya (Kaduna) to Congo Brazzaville, and Safiya Ahmed (Kano) to Romania.
Others are: Modupe Irele (Lagos) to Hungary, Ijeoma Chinegerem (Imo) Ireland; Maureen Tamuno (Rivers) Jamaica; Hajara Ibrahim (Gombe) Malaysia; Zahra Omar (Kwara) Malawi; Monique Ekpong (Cross River) Angola; and Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti) to The Netherlands.
The full list of the proposed distribution of missions to 52 non-career ambassadors are as follows: Folakemi Akinyele (Oyo), Manila Philippines; Mohammed Dansanta(Katstina), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Faruk Malami Yaba (Sokoto), Amman, Jordan; Opunimi Akinkugbe (Ondo), Athens, Greece; Adamu Mammani Hassan, (Taraba), Hanai, Vietnam; Baba Ahmed Jiddm (Borno), Beijing, China; Goni Modu Zanna (Yobe), Beirut, Lebanon; Yusuf Yugger (Bauchi), Berlin, Germany; Baba Modaga (Bauchi), Bern, Switzerland; John James (Akwa Ibom), Guinea Bissau; Ahmed Mabarti (Kaduna), Brazil; Deborah S. Kiya (Kaduna), Congo; Philip K (Bayelsa), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Safiya Ahmed (Kano), Bucharest, Romania; Modupe Irele (Lagos), Budapest, Hungary; Ijeoma Chinogerem (Imo), Dublin, Ireland; Olorundare Aweniyi, (Kogi), Caracas, Venezuela and Hamisu Umar (Kano), Tanzania.
Others are: C.O Ugwu (Enugu), Warsaw, Poland; John Henry (Nasarawa), Freetown, Sierra Leone; Oma Djebah (Delta), Bangkok, Thailand; Jazull Imarp Galadima, (Kano), Hawally, Kuwait; Abioye Bello (Kwara), Pakistan; Adesina Alege (Oyo), Kiev, Ukraine; Maureen Yamuno (Rivers), Kingston, Jamaica; Omar Sulaiman (Adamawa), Kinshasa, DRC; Hajara Ibrahim (Gombe), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Zahra Omar (Kwara), Lilongwe, Malawi; Julius Adesina (Oyo), Togo; Sarafa Tunji Isola (Ogun), London, UK; Monique Ekpeng (Cross River), Angola; Ominiyi Eze (Ebonyi), Zambia; Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti), The Netherlands; Yama Musa (Edo), Mozambique; Bello Adejare (Osun), Mexico; Abdullahi Sheku (Plateau), Moscow, Russia; Elijah Onyeagba (Anambra), Burundi; Tijani Mohammed (Kebbi), New York, USA; Adeyinka Asekan (Ogun), Ottawa, Canada; Ademola Seriki (Lagos), Madrid, Spain; Abubakar Ibrahim (Bauchi), Trinidad and Tobago; Kevin Peter (Adamawa), Prague, Czech Republic and Haruna Mamta (Niger), Pretoria South, Africa.
Others are: Al-Bishir Al-Hussain (Borno), Rabat, Morocco; Yahya Lawal (Katsina), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Ali Magashi (Jigawa), South Korea; Kayode Laro (Kwara), Paris, France; Paul Oga Adikwa (Benue), the Vatican; Abubakar Marihi (Zamfara), Tokyo, Japan; Uzoma Emenike (Abia), Washington DC, USA; Tarzoor Terhemen (Benue), Windhoek, Namibia and Yusuf Yumesan (Yobe), Kenya.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last year nominated the ambassadors for clearance by the Senate, a task undertaken by the upper legislative chambers, which confirmed the nominees in July 2020.