Amidst the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa, President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, suspended the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb Danjuma Sheni, over the controversial report on the recall of the country’s two ambassadors serving in the country.
Sheni is now being replaced by former Nigeria ambassador to Ethiopia and a Permanent Secretary at the Federal Civil Service Commission, Amb Paul Bulus Lolo.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb Aminu Wali had, last Saturday, in a statement said the Acting High Commissioner in Pretoria, Ambassador Martin Cobham and the Deputy High Commissioner in Johannesburg, Ambassador Uche Ajulu – Okeke have been summoned for consultation over the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa. But a section of the media had reported the news that the Nigerian government had recalled the envoys as a protest against the violent attack.
This, according to a reliable source in the Foreign Ministry, was a huge lapses on the part of the management in sensitising the journalists covering the ministry’s activities on technical terms and terminologies of the diplomatic circle.
“It was due to this dereliction of duty that President Jonathan fired the permanent secretary,” the source said.
However, when contacted on telephone, the ministry’s Spokesman, Mr Ogbole Amedu Ode, said he had just heard about the news like every other person, hence, he was not in the position to confirm the development.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
-US Senator John McCain(At National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia)
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