President Muhammadu Buhari has deployed former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd) to Benin Republic and General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), former Chief of Defence Staff, to Cameroon.
On Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs at a mini ceremony organized in their honor.
According to Mr Kimiebi Ebienfa, information officer of the ministry, who disclosed the letter, “The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama today 22 June 2021, presented Letters of Credence to the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Retired) and the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Benin, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Retired).”
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs during the brief ceremony congratulated the immediate past service chiefs on their appointment by Mr. President and called on them to deploy their wealth of experience to promote Nigeria’s interest during their tour of duty in countries of accreditation,” he said in a statement.
It would be recalled, that on February 4, 2021, President Buhari appointed the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
The president appointed the ex-service chiefs in 2015 and refused to bow to the pressure to relieve them of their duties until they “voluntarily resigned”.