The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, said on Saturday that the President, Bola Tinubu, had directed the recall of all ambassadors, including 41 non-career and 42 career ambassadors.
The minister, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Al-Kashim Abdul-Kadir, said the directive applied to all career and non-career ambassadors, noting that the envoys were expected to return to the country by October 31, 2013.
It was gathered that 41 non-career and 42 career ambassadors are expected to return to the country. Meanwhile, information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that Nigeria has a total of 109 Missions, 76 Embassies, 22 High commissions, and 11 Consulates.
In January 2021, former President Muhammadu Buhari approved the posting of 95 ambassadors, comprising 43 career and 52 non-career. Prior to approval, the Senate ratified their nomination in 2020.
On February 16, 2021, however, Buhari inducted the ambassadors, as he charged them to protect Nigerians in their respective countries and represent the country with dedication and pride. The former President also charged them to be guided by the nine priority areas guiding the country’s foreign policy, which include health, the fight against corruption, transportation, security, and education.