New Ambassadorial nominees are thoroughbred diplomats, would serve Nigeria’s best interest – Professional group

A group of professionals in Nigeria, under the aegis of Young Nigerian Professionals (YNP) have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the nomination of 42 thoroughbred career diplomats as Ambassadors-designate, describing them as “round pegs, fit in round holes,” and “truly deserving.” 

The forum in a statement signed by its Chairman, Charles Folayan, Sunday in Abuja, said his group was happy by the choice of the nominees, some of whom they had interacted with, at Nigerian missions abroad and found to be diligent, hard working and patriotic. 

According to Folayan, the forum is confident of the prospective Ambassadors’ capacities to deliver on President Buhari’s policies  at the global arena whenever they are posted after clearance  by the Senate. 

“We can affirm that this list was carefully put together by the President in line with his foreign policy objectives. The nominees are seasoned diplomats, who have served in various countries with distinction; they are good men and women with the highest sense of commitment and  responsibility. Wherever they have served, they were the darling of the Nigerian communities and their host officials. 

“Of particular interest is I. A. Yusuf, a nominee from Kogi state with whom the forum had interacted at more than one Nigerian mission abroad. We know him for his  exemplary character, integrity and his positive disposition towards Nigerians in his host countries, especially the students and professionals. He offers help with ease, to anyone who demands help. 

“In all our encounters, we noted that when Yusuf  gives his word, he keeps it; he has an unflinching penchant for timeliness; and importantly he  demands diligence and love for Nigeria from  associates and those he works with, that whatever is to be done must be done in the national interest and must be done right. 

“We believe that the Ambassadors-designate will bring to Nigeria, the benefits of their abundant network of relationships across  the world.” 

The statement encouraged the Ambassadorial nominees to remain steadfast to the values that saw them rise to where they are. 

The forum asked the nominees to keep their eyes on the ball in order to justify the confidence reposed on them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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