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Buhari Orders Review, Reduction of Nigeria Foreign Missions


Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari said has ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prune down the numbers of Nigerian foreign Missions especially those that are non essential.

Buhari stated this after receiving briefs from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo.

The President said that the review will determine the number of essential missions Nigeria needs to maintain abroad so that appropriate standards and quality can be maintained.

The President said that there was no point in Nigeria operating missions all over the world “with dilapidated facilities and demoralized staff” when the need for some of the missions was questionable.

“Let’s keep only what we can manage. We can’t afford much for now. There’s no point in pretending,” President Buhari told Ambassador Lolo and other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He also called for the record of former government officials and other persons still using diplomatic and official passports illegally, saying that his administration will take necessary action against them.

“Something has to be done so that we can get back our respectability as a country. Some people carry official passports and get involved in all sorts of negative acts. We need to do something about it,” Buhari said.

Ambassador Lolo told President Buhari that the challenges facing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs included the absence of a Foreign Service Commission, poor funding of foreign missions, policy inconsistencies and training deficiencies, among others.


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