FG deploys ex-Army Chief Buratai To Benin Republic as non-career ambassadors

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Federal Government has appointed and deployed former Chief of Staffs, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd) and Abayomi Olonisakin as non-career ambassadors to the Benin Republic, Cameroon, respectively.

The letters were handed over to them by Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari had, on February 4, 2021, appointed the ‘retired’ service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.

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Also appointed were Ibok-Ete Ibas, former chief of naval staff, and Sadique Abubakar, former chief of air staff.

However, their appointment as Nigeria’s ambassadors to foreign countries sparked public outrage, with calls on the Senate to reject their nominations.

On February 23, 2021, the Senate confirmed their nominations, not minding Nigerians’ opposition to the move.

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