Home News Buhari goes after ex-public officers still keeping diplomatic passport

Buhari goes after ex-public officers still keeping diplomatic passport


ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ordered for a list of former
government officials and other persons still using diplomatic and official passports illegally.
The President said his administration would take the necessary actions against them.
Speaking after being briefed by the Permanent Secretary  of  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulus Lolo, President Buhari said this was to forestall any kind of negative acts that might put the country in bad light.
[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
“Something has to be done so that we can get back our respectability as a country. Some people carry official passports  and get involved in all sorts of negative acts. We need to do something about it,” the President told the ministry officials at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Nigeria Immigration Service had earlier given a directive that former public office holders like governors, lawmakers at the national and state level, ministers, commissioners, local government
chairmen and their deputies and retired heads of parastatals and other former public officers in possession of the Federal Government’s
diplomatic passport should return them
The Comptroller General of NIS, M.K Abeshi, had in a statement on Monday said the passports previously held by the ex-public officers have been revoked and should be returned to the NIS headquarters in Abuja with immediate effect.
He had also emphasised that continuous possession of the passport after the expiration of tenure of office of the holders is an offence
under the Immigration Act 2015 and the CG said the passports would be impounded at the airport if the holders attempt to use them.
Earlier at the briefing with the President, Lolo  told Buhari that the challenges facing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs included the absence of a Foreign Service Commission, poor funding of foreign missions, policy inconsistencies and training deficiencies, among others.

Previous articleNLC, TUC seek capital punishment for treasury looters
Next articleBuhari Orders Reduction in Foreign Missions

Leave a Reply