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Sexual harassment: Clear the mess in foreign affairs ministry, coalition tells Tinubu 

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups on Transparency and Accountability (CCSGTA) has tasked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu with clearing the perceived mess at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to command the respect of the international community.

The Coalition at a press briefing in Abuja Wednesday, addressed by its convener, Comrade Igwe Ude-umanta and co-convener, Prince Danesi Momoh, said “the foreign or external relationships of countries are as important as the vision of that country; which is why countries that are serious about developing to a global stage, recognition and reckoning invest heavily in their foreign engagements.” 

“Regrettably, in an era of Renewed Hope, the 109 missions of Nigeria abroad have no Ambassadors. The bare implication of this is that we have no face globally and within the global diplomatic community, because there are certain briefs that are far beyond ordinary embassy staff, no matter their rank and knowledge.”

The coalition specifically made reference to the sexual harassment scandal rocking the foreign affairs ministry in which its Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Ibrahim Adamu Lamuwa, was suspended over the allegation.

The coalition urged Mr. President and the National Assembly to probe what it called “strange and abrupt recall of career and non-career Nigerian Ambassadors from all over the world in September 2023, saying the ambassadors were recalled without any arrangements to replace them.”

While urging President Tinubu and the National Assembly to do the needful by clearing the perceived mess, the coalition said, in the interim, the “Ambassadors (should) return till their replacements are ready with the necessary financial backing,” noting that, “It is really a shame that the Nigerian Foreign Missions are without Ambassadors for this long.” 

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