The federal government is currently working on closing some of
Nigeria’s 119 foreign missions,
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said though it is
expensive to close a country’s embassy,it will be beneficial in the
long run.
Mr. Onyeama said at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja on
Sunday that the reduction of Nigeria’s foreign missions was on the
agenda of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. He, however, did not
mention the number of missions to be closed.
“The government is following up on closing some missions and we have
sort of prepared the roadmap; we have started in the implementation of
that and made also recommendations in that context.
“Paradoxically, closing missions are extremely expensive.
“At first sight it seems obvious that you close it you are saving cost
but you will actually find that the cost of closing is almost
“But in the long run it will be cheaper, but in the immediate and
short term it is expensive/