Hamzat Ahmadu, Nigerian diplomat, Dead

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Hamzat Ahmadu was born in 1924, and died on May 1, 2016.

He was a Nigerian diplomat and civil servant.

Ahmandu served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1975–1978), East Germany (1975–1978), the Netherlands (1978–1981), Cameroon (1982–1984), and the United States (1987–1991) at various times during his diplomatic career.

Hamzat Ahmadu also served as the High Comissioner to the Bahamas (1987 to 1990).

He held many diplomatic positions as an ambassador, his high ranking positions within the country’s Diplomatic Service, from which he devised and managed Nigeria’s foreign policy.

His positions within the Foreign Ministry and Diplomatic Service included Director of Africa, Consular and Treaties Division (1964-1966), Director of the Asia Division (1965-1966), Director-General of Protocol (1981-1982), and Director-General of African Affairs (1984-1985).

Hamzat Ahmadu was then appointed Permanent Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service from 1986 to 1987.

He was partly accredited as the Ambassador to the Soviet Union and East Germany (1975 to 1978).

Then, he was as Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1978 to 1981 and Ambassador to neighboring Cameroon from 1982 to 1984.

He also worked diplomatic positions in Bonn, West Germany, and London.

Hamzat Ahmadu was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary to the United States of America, on July 20, 1987 a post he held from 1987 until approximately 1991.

Ahmadu also served as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Then later he worked as a consultant to the The Guardian newspaper’s editorial board until his death in 2016.

He had two wives and children.

Hamzat Ahmadu passed way in Lagos, Nigeria.

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