African diplomats form new body, seek partnership with AU

by Per Second News
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The League of African Ambassadors and High Commissioners, serving and retired, is to be inaugurated, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Zambia, Amb. Nwannebuike Eze Ominyi, has announced.

The league, a Non-Governmental Platform with membership open to Ambassadors or High Commissioners of African descent who are at post, out of post, retired or active in service.


The much-awaited platform will afford Africa a credible and louder voice on the global scene while ensuring that the collective position on major and sundry issues that affect the continent is more respected.

The League will also provide a strong backbone to African leaders on the world stage.

The group, which pointed out that skilled and experienced human resources are being wasted in Africa as a result of retirement, tenure expiration or organisational re-structuring, expressed worry that the continent is being denied the expertise or energy of people who can still contribute to the reshaping of Africa.

Specifically, the body flays a situation where well-trained and energetic diplomats with vast experiences in diplomacy who ought to continue contributing to Africa’s robust engagement with the world are underutilised either due to factors such as retirement, end of tour of duty or changes in the home governments.

It is in view of this that the League of African Ambassadors has been birthed to create a sustainable platform for African diplomats, after completing their tenure, to continue deploying their wealth of experience in the service of Africa and the whole of humanity.

Amb. Ominyi is the convener of the league with co-conveners as Amb. Khadija Iddrisu, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Zambia; Amb. Ahmed El Samawi, Egyptian Ambassador to the Republic of Togo; Amb. Teferi Fikre, Ethiopia Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau; Amb. Steven Katuka, Zambia’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia; and Amb. Joao Baptista Domingos, Angola’s Ambassador to Ghana.

The convener, who is also the Dean of Nigeria Ambassadors and High Commissioners, said: “The proposed League of African Ambassadors is a clarion call to Your Excellencies to see that Africa still needs our services to help our countries and Africa at large even when our tour of duty comes to an end.

“The aim is to create a sustainable platform for us at the end of our tenures to continue deploying our wealth of experience in the service of Africa and the whole of humanity.

“It is our candid opinion that if Africa would realize its potential to the maximum, the experiences and understanding of the world which we have all acquired at post should not be allowed to waste for any reason.

“Hence, we are duty-bound to answer this clarion call and launch the League of African Ambassadors and High Commissioners as a Non-Governmental Platform.

“The membership shall be open to any African Ambassador or High Commissioner at post or out of post, retired or active in service.”

A statement obtained by Persecondnews on Thursday indicated that the platform is planning the first virtual convergence of Africa Ambassadors and High Commissioners as an avenue to formally inaugurate the body while also discussing issues on promoting diplomacy on the African continent.

Commenting on this auspicious development on the African diplomatic scene, the Secretary of Nigerian Ambassadors and High Commissioners, who doubles as Nigeria High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, Amb. Yusuf Yunusa, said: “We believe this platform will serve as an avenue to further engage more effectively with the global community on matters of collective interest to engender greater respect for our leaders and citizens.

“We also plan to support the Africa Union and all our sub-regional organisations in Africa to achieve their goals and objectives.

“We are open to serving as mentors to newly appointed African Ambassadors and High Commissioners as we build a repository of knowledge thata they can tap into.

“We will create avenues for regular capacity building for diplomats and raise continental awareness on diverse issues of benefit to Africa and the world.”

The group believes that a union of African Ambassadors is long overdue and hopes that the League will engender the return of Africa to its pride place in the global scene.

Ambassador of Nigeria to the Republic of Togo and one of the promoters, Amb. Debo Adesina, also said: “Africa and Africans can only rise on the strength of our ideas as a people. On the mother continent, in the Americas and across the world, the Black race is one.

“And we must scale the artificial guardrails called borders to unite in hearts and minds as Africans, speak in unison with purpose, proclaim our uniqueness as a people and act like the chosen ones we truly are!”

Adesina also said the league would engage with African statesmen and women with a view to developing ideas on the continent’s future as well as charting the path to her deserved place in the world.

“Many credible former Presidents and Prime Ministers have already been lined up for LAA’s conversations on Africa’s re-birth.”

They include Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki of South Africa and Festus Gotenbaye Mogae of Botswana, Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Joyce Banda of Malawi, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and Graca Machel-Mandela, among others.

“In due course, serving Presidents or Heads of States will be engaged by the League with a view to articulating a very united and potent African position on world affairs,” said Adesina.


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