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Breaking: Nigeria recalls Ambassador to UK in diplomatic shake-up

In a significant diplomatic development under President Bola Tinubu’s administration, Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially recalled Sarafa Tunji Ishola from his post as Nigeria’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom.

The recall was communicated through an official letter dated August 31, signalling the end of Mr. Ishola’s tenure as the highest diplomatic representative of Nigeria to the United Kingdom.

The letter outlined the necessary steps for Mr. Ishola to conclude his diplomatic duties.

The letter stated: “I have the honour to notify you of Mr President’s decision to recall you, signalling the end of your tenure as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Kingdom.

 

“By this communication, you are now expected to commence the process of winding down your affairs, take formal leave of your host government within sixty days, and return to Nigeria by October 31 2023, at the latest.”

President Tinubu appreciated Mr. Ishola’s service and exemplary leadership during his tenure.

The letter conveyed warm wishes for Mr. Ishola’s future endeavours, indicating a respectful and cordial conclusion to his diplomatic assignment.

“I seize this opportunity to express Mr. President’s appreciation for the service you have rendered in your capacity as Nigeria’s Ambassador and Principal Representative in the United Kingdom.

“While looking forward to welcoming you in Abuja on your return, please allow me to join Mr. President in thanking Your Excellency for your exemplary leadership and service to Nigeria. I wish you God’s continued guidance in your future endeavours,” the letter added.

Ishola, a former federal minister for mines and steel development, assumed the position of Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom in January 2021, succeeding retired Supreme Court Justice George Oguntade.

His recall marks a significant development in Nigeria’s diplomatic landscape.