Abuja, Nigeria - Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, on Wednesday handed out letters of credence to the six newly-appointed Nigerian envoys, charging them to protect the nation’s interest.
At the presentation of the letters in Abuja, Nigeria's federal capital, Prof. Onwuliri said that henceforth Nigeria's foreign policy must advance the development agenda of the Federal Government while also assisting to seek effective ways and means of tackling the domestic challenges at home.
The new envoys are Ambassadors Suleiman Ahmed (posted to Sri Lanka), Ifeoma Akabogu-Chinweuba (Cote d'Ivoire), Bassey Archibong (Gabon), Adadu Echi (Equatorial Guinea), Adamu Emozozo (Brazil) and Modupe Quist-Adebiyi (Sierra Leone).
Prof. Onwuliri urged them to promote the government transformation agenda in their host communities.
According to her, 'By this appointment, you have not only reached the pinnacle of your career as a foreign service officers, you have also earned the confidence and recognition of Mr. President. As his appointees, you are expected to carry the flag of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and particularly the transformation to the world with a view to ensuring that you secure the best possible advantages and opportunities for Nigeria and Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.
'As Ambassadors, you must give off your best to win the promotion of these ideals and objectives.”
Responding on behalf the diplomats, Ambassador Ahmed promised that they would uphold the interest of Nigeria in their host communities.
Said he, 'We are grateful to Mr. President for the confidence reposed in us to serve in this capacity and we promise to ensure that we will uphold the national interest in our host communities.'