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Godfrey Onyema

The scorecard of Goeffrey Onyema, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term was hardly impressive.

Then, Onyema allegedly showed a carefree attitude towards the spate of a lot of Nigerians living abroad.

Many would remember how Abike Dabiri, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission pulled strings and ensured the safe return of thousands of Nigerians from Libya.

But same cannot be said of Onyeama, as he was heavily criticised for not breaking a sweat for his fellow countrymen and women despite knowing the ordeal they were facing.

Not even the near-death experience of Zainab Aliyu, the Nigerian student said to have been set up by a drug-smuggling syndicate in Kano moved Onyema.

Many would argue that this was what saw him heavily criticised when he was re-appointed to his previous office.

Expected to be a member of the special envoy sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to South Africa, many would want to see the role he will play in defending the interest of Nigerians who are victims of xenophobic attacks by South Africans.

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