The Federal Government has suspended the
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign,
Ambassador Danjuma Sheni, over the unauthorized
recall of the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa.
A highly placed government official in the Presidency
told Vanguard that the president ordered the
suspension of the Permanent Secretary Monday
Morning and was directed to clarify why disciplinary
action should not be taken against him for
embarrassing the Nigerian government.
The source who did not want his name in print
because he was not authorized to speak on the matter
said the president was “livid with anger” when he read
about the recall of the Nigerian Charge De Affairs who
is also the head of mission without his authorization.
Nigeria presently does not have an ambassador in
It is the second time since the appointment of the
permanent Secretary, Ambassador Sheni that the
Nigerian government would be brought to diplomatic
ridicule over poor handling of diplomatic affairs.
In the first instance, the Ministry had claimed that
President Goodluck Jonathan spoke with the King of
Morocco on Phone, a claim that was denied by the
Moroccoan government and later president Jonathan
who ordered a full investigation into the matter.
The report of the investigation is still being awaited
three weeks to the end of this administration.
The report of the alleged recall of the Nigerian
Ambassador to South in the wake of the xenophobic
attacks on foreigners and their businesses elicited a
strong reaction from the South African government
which described the action as “unfortunate”.
But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and
Publicity, Reuben Abati however clarified that the
Charge De Affairs of Nigerian Embassy in South Africa
has only been invited for “routine consultation”.