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Ahmadu Ali Posted as Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa, Obanikoro heads to Ghana as Yar'adua post new ambassadors

April 7, 2008
Saharareporters can confirm that Umar Yar’adua has finalized the first batch of postings for new ambassadors he appointed and who passed Senatorial screening.

The list, exclusively obtained by Saharareporters, shows that former Peoples Democratic Party Chairman Ahmadu Ali is headed for South Africa. Ali, whose tenure as PDP chairman was marked by the controversial promotion of Lamidi Adedibu and other unsavory politicians as well as support for former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s doomed effort for a third term, had to settle for South Africa after the U.S. and U.K. authorities had rejected him.

Retired Brigadier Oluwole Rotimi has been chosen to represent Nigeria in the US, while Dr. Dalhatu Tafida will be Nigeria's ambassador to the U.K.  

Former Nigerian ambassador to Mexico, Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, is being deployed as Nigeria's ambassador to Canada.

Other postings include Mr. Empire Kanu for Spain and former Senator Musiliu Obanikoro who will head the Nigerian embassy in Ghana.

Dr. Joy Ogwu, who has run the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, has been posted to New York City to serve as Nigeria’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the United Nations. Mr. Godwin Agbo has been posted to Japan while the Nigerian embassy in Russia will be manned by Major General Timothy Shelpidi (rtd). Mrs. N.N Akanbi has been posted to the Netherlands. Mr. S.L. Mohammed will head for Egypt while Abdullahi Aminchi will be in charge in Saudi Arabia.

Sources told Saharareporters that Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Israel will not be receiving new ambassadors as ambassadors or career diplomats currently man the missions.

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