Some recently confirmed ambassadors who were nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari are reportedly due for retirement.
15 ambassadors recently confirmed by the Nigerian Senate are said to be at the end of their days in the public service.
SaharaReporters reports that the ambassadors recently confirmed by the Nigerian Senate are at the end of their days in the public service.
Also gathered that most of the ambassadors are retiring this year.
The ambassadors who are due to retirement are:
1. Vivian Okeke (Anambra)
2. Nonye Udo (Anambra)
3. Munir Liman (Bauchi)
4. Lawal Abba Gashagar (Borno)
5. Martin Cobham (Cross River)
6. Manaja Isa Tula ( Gombe)
7. Habib Abubakar Goni (Gombe)
8. Enoch Peer Duchi (Kaduna)
9. Rabiu Akawu ( Kano)
10. Ahmed Inusa (Nassarawa)
11. Isa Ibrahim (Niger)
12. Bankole Adeoye (Ogun)
13. Kenneth Nwachukwu (Imo)
14. Emmanuel Oguntuase (Ekiti) and
15. Abibat Adekunbi Sonaike (Ogun).
Of the 15 ambassadors, six are due for retirement by the end of 2017, while the remaining nine will retire next year.
In fact, Liman, Nwachukwu and Inusa are due to retire by June 2017.
Gathered that the nomination of the ambassadors nearing the end of their career life means a short term posting to various countries of deployment.
Buhari’s 15 career ambassadors due for retirement (LIST)
The officers are already angry with the federal government for stopping the payment of their domestic service allowances and irregular payment of salaries.
Also, while it takes between three to six months to obtain a consent from countries the ambassador have been deployed to some of the officers may have been retired before their accreditation.
A source the decision of the Nigerian government to confirm such officers is seen as a great disservice to the Foreign Service.
The source also said the officers are already angry with the federal government for stopping the payment of their Domestic Service Allowances and irregular payment of salaries.
Their grievance, the source noted will increase with the decision to nominate soon-to-retire career officers.
“In addition to stopping the payment of Domestic Service Allowance, the current Federal Government lags behind in payment of Foreign Service Allowances and salaries. In New York and Washington DC, local staff are owed three months’ salaries. Those in Paris, Dubai, New Delhi and Brussels are owed two months,” the source said.
The president gave the names of the affected ambassadors, their states of origin and the areas of their deployment.