Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), the immediate past chief of army staff, has been appointed Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin Republic.
On January 25, President Muhammadu Buhari replaced Buratai and the other service chiefs following criticisms over lack of progress in the war against insurgency.
Buhari, on February 4, appointed the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors
At a brief ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs.
While Buratai was deployed to Benin Republic, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), former chief of defence staff, was appointed the head of mission to Cameroon.
“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),” a statement released by Kimiebi Ebienfa, information officer of the ministry said.
“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.”
The statement, however, did not mention whether vice admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retd), former chief of naval staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd), ex-chief of air staff and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (rtd), former chief of defense intelligence, were also posted.