Nigeria’s Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Ambassador Martin Adamu, has described as “malicious” a publication in a national daily calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to recall the consular officer from the embassy in Abidjan.
The ambassador’s position was contained in a letter to Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.
Adamu noted that a group that lost in a recent embassy-supervised Nigerian community election vowed to publicly ridicule the embassy, hence the malicious post aimed at tarnishing the image of the officer. consular.
The Ambassador, in the letter dated August 24, 2022, said: “The Embassy’s attention has been drawn to a malicious publication in the pages of ThisDay newspaper on August 24, 2022, entitled ‘The Nigerian Community in Cote d’ ‘Ivory calls Buhari to Rappel from the consular agent.’
“Your Excellency, it is pertinent to note that on May 29, 2021, the Embassy oversaw a broad-based election, organized by the Nigerian community, where a new executive, led by Michael Emeka Onwuchelu, emerged.
“The group led by Lawani Waliou who refused to take part in the election, became embittered and decided to sow discord and cause acrimony within the Nigerian community as they believed they were controlling the community Nigerian before the establishment of the Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire.
“To our dismay, the group went further by making similar false accusations which they passed on to headquarters and even went all the way to the presidency. It should be noted, sir, that this group used this modus operandi in trying to assassinate the characters of former consular officers who served in the mission.
“It is unfortunate that despite the Embassy’s efforts to bring the opposing factions together, with the aim of fostering peace within the community, the antagonists have remained selfish and judgmental.”
Ambassador Adamu, while testifying to the integrity of the consular officer, said, “Contrary to their false accusations, I worked closely with the officer in question and found him to be diligent and proactive. . He goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the efficient execution of his duties.
“Your Excellency, in carrying out its mandate, the Embassy has ensured fair play, inclusiveness and broad representation in the affairs of the Nigerian community. We have not encountered any problems in our dealings with others Nigerians, except the Waliou group.
Meanwhile, backlash followed the publication of prominent members of the Nigerian community in the Ivory Coast, dismissing the allegations raised by the group led by Lawani Waliou against the consular officer.
Onyekachukwu Davidson Ogbu wrote: “The people behind this post must be criminals. The people whose names have been mentioned in the publication are not members of the Nigerian community nor the president and secretary general of the Nigerian community of Côté D’ivoire. This is crime taken too far!
“The Thisday newspaper should disassociate itself from this malicious publication and please check people next time before doing any type of publication to avoid dragging the noble newspaper through the mud.
“The editor should kindly note that the post is not from the Nigerian community.
“The Consular Officer we know, Mr. Damilola Abikoye is a gentleman who is doing a great job for Nigerians in Cote d’Ivoire, rather he should be commended for his hard work and great efforts in cooperating with the Nigerian community to save the already damaged image of Nigeria.
Another person, Eze Frankline, wrote: “This is the handiwork of Lawani Waliou, Tajudeen Akinwale and their cronies. These are the cowards who oppressed the Nigerian community and think they will end up oppressing the Nigerian community and also oppress the Nigerian Embassy all the time.
“Thank goodness we have a worthy man as counsel who has kept his words and worked tirelessly to ensure that the Nigerian community in Ivory Coast is of sound mind. Ignore this news as it is fake and was written by criminals who are working to bring down our community.
According to Ilori Adeyeye: “This news does not come from the Nigerian community in Côte d’Ivoire oooo. We have an awesome consulate. This should be the practical work of those traffickers that the Nigerian Embassy in Abidjan is fighting. You can’t blackmail our noble consular ooo.