FG recalls all Ambassadors, expects them in Abuja by October 31st

President Bola Tinubu

The federal government has recalled all ambassadors, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.

The media was awash with the recall of Nigeria’s High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola.

But clarifying the decision, on Saturday, the Minister said the action was not a witch hunt but one that affected all career and non-career ambassadors.

The Minister communicated the latest information through his Special Adviser on Media, Al-Kashim Abdul-Kadir, who said:
“Sequel to the inquiries on the letter recalling the Nigerian ambassador to the UK, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar has reaffirmed that all career ambassadors and non-career ambassadors have been recalled on the instructions of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

He explained that: “Ambassadors as representatives of the country they serve at the behest of the president and it’s his prerogative to send or recall them from any country.”

The ambassadors are expected to commence the process of winding down their affairs in their countries of deployment, and take formal leave of the host government within sixty days and to return to Nigeria by 31st October, 2023 at the latest.

The Minister, while thanking them for the service they have rendered in their capacity while representing the country in their host countries, said he was looking forward to welcoming them in Abuja on their return.