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Why Nigeria President Bola Tinubu has recalled Kenyan based envoy Yusuf Yunusa

By Nyaboga Kiage September 4th, 2023 2 min read

Mr Yusuf Yunusa, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Kenya, has been recalled with immediate effect.

A statement released by Nigeria President Bola Tinubu indicates Mr Yunusa is among the West African country’s ambassadors that had been recalled with immediate effect.

The changes appear as part of the strategy by Mr Tinubu to realign the country’s leadership with his vision and manifesto, three months after assuming office.

Mr Yunusa was appointed by Mr Tinubu’s predecessor Muhammadu Buhari.

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“The President is determined to ensure world-class efficiency and quality, will henceforth, characterize foreign and domestic service delivery to citizens, residents and prospective visitors alike,” the statement, signed by Mr Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu’s Spokesperson, reads in part.

However, those representing Nigeria at the United Nations headquarters in New York and Geneva were excluded from the recall.

Mr Ngelale confirmed those excluded will remain in office to prepare for the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)in September 2023.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and oil producer, has 109 diplomatic missions worldwide, comprising 76 embassies, 22 High Commissions, and 11 Consulates.

Mr Yunusa will unlikely remain without a posting though, as he was recently appointed by the International Association of World Peace Advocates (IAWPA) as the Head of Diplomatic Mission in Africa.

Dr Johnny Metchie who is the IAWPA’s Director for Africa also decorated the ambassador as an Eminent Peace Ambassador.

The event took place at the Nigerian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya.

“Recall that the International Director of African Affairs of the association Amb Johnny Metchie who is leading the delegation of IAWPA, had in the course of expanding the peace frontiers, decorated three leading personalities in Kenya with Eminent Peace Ambassador awards and appointments,” a statement by IAWPA released during the appointment read in part.

“This action has led to further expansion of the association in the eastern part of the African continent which is suffering from some security issues,” it further added.

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