Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu initiates diplomatic recall of envoys and intelligence agents from 109 diplomatic missions worldwide
Heads to India Monday for the G20 summit
Nearly all of Nigeria’s ambassadors and intelligence agents are heading home in an overhaul of Abuja’s diplomatic missions, President Bola Tinubu’s office has announced. The two representatives at the UN will be spared for now, they added.
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A press release published by Presidential Adviser Ajuri Ngelale on Saturday said that “President Bola Tinubu has directed the recall of all career and non-career ambassadors from their duty posts worldwide” with immediate effect.
According to the document, the decision was made as a result of a “careful study of the present state of affairs at Nigerian Consulate Offices and Embassies worldwide.”
The stated aim of the measure is to ensure that Abuja’s diplomatic missions deliver “world-class efficiency and quality.”
Given the upcoming UN General Assembly, Nigeria’s permanent representatives at the international body based in New York and Geneva are exempted from the recall, Ngelale said.
The African nation has 109 diplomatic missions worldwide.comprising 76 embassies, 22 high commissions and 11 consulates.
Most of the diplomats are undercover intelligence agents working for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
On Sunday. the president’s spokesperson said Nigeria is considering applying to become a member of the G20 bloc of major economies after concluding consultations on the risks and benefits.
Tinubu will leave on Monday to attend the G20 summit in India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ngelale added.
South Africa is the only African member of the group of the world’s 20 most industrialised nations.
The Nigerian president will try to promote foreign investment in Nigeria and mobilise global capital to develop infrastructure.
Nigeria’s new government wants to encourage investments rather than rely on borrowing to create jobs as it tries to revive an economy struggling with record debt, a weak currency, double-digit inflation and skeletal power supplies.
Tinubu, who assumed office in late May this year, has since replaced Nigeria’s defense chief, along with the heads of the army, navy, and air force.
In June, the president also dissolved the boards of federal government institutions, agencies, and state-owned enterprises.
Among the reforms the president has carried out so far is the removal of fuel subsidies, with the aim of redirecting the funds toward the agricultural sector.
The measure has, however, seen a sharp rise in the cost of food and transportation in Nigeria.
Tinubu will attend the summit with some of his cabinet members including foreign affairs, finance and trade ministers.