Controversial former National Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who served as Minister under different governments,Ojo Maduekwe, was among the 93 newly appointed ambassadors who were given credence letters by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja; with the President charging them to shun ethnicity, and promote Nigerian unity in their countries of assignment.
The ambassadors are to serve as 62 Heads of Mission; 24 Deputy Heads of Mission; and 7 ambassadors-in-situ, who would be domiciled in Nigeria.
President Jonathan admonished the ambassadors to project Nigeria as an indivisible national entity.
“Where ever you are posted, you do all within your competence and power to make sure that you project Nigeria as a united indivisible nation and you must encourage that unity among our people in the Diaspora,” the pesident said.
Mr. Jonathan also charged them to show commitment to the defence of the interests of Nigerians living and operating lawfully in their countries of accreditation
He called on them to constantly engage Nigerians in the Diaspora to support and make contributions to national development, especially in the areas of finance, ICT and intellectual property.
Mr. Jonathan tasked the new envoys to attract investments to the nation and open markets to indigenous goods.
He also called on them to pursue the nation’s mandate of ensuring stability in West Africa and in other places across Africa.
Some of the 93 ambassadors are former Minister and Peoples Democratic Party stalwart, Ojo Maduekwe who once described himself as a rascal while trying to pacify former American ambassador, Robin Sanders; former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Taofeek Arapaja; former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Cornelius Oluwateru; and a veteran journalist and former General Manager of Nigerian Television Authority, Ibadan, Akinyemi Farounbi.
Also among the envoys are 11 women including, former Minister of Aviation, Fidelia Njeze; Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, wife of late Biafra leader, Odumegwu Ojukwu; Hadiza Mustapha; Victoria Onipede; Katherine Okon and Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie.
Other female envoys are Matilda Kwashi, Katyen Jackden, Nonye Okpara, Sifawu Momoh and Martine Gereng-Sen.
The ambassadors in-situ, who would be domiciled in the country, are the State House Chief of Protocol, Olutola Onijala; the Presidential Liaison Officer, Abubakar Waziri and Abdulkadir Musa.
The other Ambassadors in-situ are Ridhwan Mustapha, Ozoemenam Nwobu, Sunday Omoigiade and Harrison Solaja.
In his vote of thanks on behalf of the new ambassadors, Maduekwe said they were grateful for the opportunity to represent the president.
“We will be the little Jonathan wherever we are. We will meet a more secured, more save and more prosperous nation by the time we come back,” he said.