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Buhari greets former Foreign Affairs minister, Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka at 87

President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm greetings to one of Nigeria’s foremost career diplomats and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka, at 87, commending his impressive record of service to the nation for 42 years.

President Buhari extols the former minister’s sense of loyalty and unwavering commitment to nation building as a diplomat and Nigeria’s ambassador to nine countries, with a unique profile of establishing the country’s missions in Israel and Cote d’Ivoire.

The President believes Olisemeka’s rare privilege of serving as an ambassador of Nigeria to the two holiest places in Christendom, Jerusalem and The Holy See, demonstrates the divine guidance in his choice to serve the country as a diplomat.

As he turns 87, President Buhari urges the octogenarian to continue sharing his wealth of experience with younger diplomats, and sustain the counsels to governments and national institutions, describing him as a national asset.

The President congratulates Olisemeka’s family, friends and professional colleagues on the auspicious occasion, praying that God will grant him longer life and good health.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

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