There is anxiety among envoys-designate over likely reshuffle of missions postings.
This follows the nomination of immediate past Service Chiefs and therefore the ex-Chief of Defence Staff for ambassadorial positions.
President Muhammadu Buhari last week nominated Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, sky marshal Saddique Abubakar, and flag officer Ibok-Ete Ibas – all retired – as ambassador-nominees.
The former military chiefs are awaiting Senate screening.
Before they were nominated, the postings of the career and non-carrier ambassadors-designate had been made.
A source said: “The nomination of the previous Service Chiefs has made some Ambassadors-Designate with sensitive and robust missions jittery. they’re nursing fears that they could be reshuffled.
“Their anxiety was fueled by the postponement of the planned induction for the incoming ambassadors from today to February 16 to accommodate the ex-Service Chiefs who could be screened and cleared in the week.
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“But, assigning of missions is that the prerogative of the President. there’s no need for anxiety. He knows why he nominated the previous Service Chiefs and therefore the diplomatic roles they’re to play to help the state to finish the insurgency.”
Apart from shifting the commencement of the induction, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has adopted austerity measures to save lots of costs and in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
The ministry has dropped the thought of coaching the Ambassadors-Designate alongside their spouses.
It was also learned that they’re going to undergo rigorous orientation from 9 am to five pm daily for 3 days.
A source said: “The ministry has suspended the training of the spouses of the Ambassadors-Designate due to limited resources and COVID-19 protocols.
“We cannotallow195 people to converge on a conferences hall at a time. The Presidential Task Force and therefore the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) haven’t given clearance for such variety.
“Unlike within the past, the govt isn’t accommodating the Ambassadors-Designate during a five-star hotel.
“They are going to be given accommodation allowances (as applicable for envoys) and that they can make personal arrangements. In this respect, the ministry will save costs.
“It is best for the envoys to face the truth from home so that they will extend an equivalent prudence to our embassies once they assume duties.”
But most ambassadors-designate have disapproved of the austerity measures.
“Rather than allowing us to comb Abuja to seem for accommodation, we need to stay within the same hotel for better bonding.
“We need minimal comfort to exchange ideas and learn from one another. In any case, our security is more important, “ one among the sources said.
It was learned that the chief has started reaching bent the Senate for a” smooth-sail screening of the ex-Service Chiefs. “
A government source said:” Unlike other Ambassadors-Designate, the antecedents of the ex-Service Chiefs and their previous clearance by the Senate will make the screening easier. The Senate only must revisit their files and clarify new developments about them.”