The position was last occupied 40 years ago by Ambassador K.O Mbadiwe, who was appointed by Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, who presented Tukur the letter in Abuja yesterday, said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s desire to place Nigeria at the core of global affairs prompted the appointment.
According to him, Jonathan took particular interest in Tukur’s global links as well as his sense of dedication to national cause in offering him the job.
He charged Tukur to make Nigeria a global player during his tenure, stressing that Nigeria counts on him to do so.
He told Tukur that the new task demands much effort from him as a “heavy” responsibility. Responding, the Tukur said he was humbled by the privilege to serve in a new capacity, noting that the gesture from the President Jonathan represents the huge trust he has in him.
He vowed to discharge his duties in his new office with as sense of commitment and desire to assist in placing Nigeria where it rightly belongs. Tukur added: “I understand the heavy responsibility now entrusted to me and all I can ask for is the wisdom to make me discharge it responsibly.”
Source – Guardian