A Brief Citation of Ibrahim Isah: Niger State’s Ambassadorial Nominee By Abdulberqy Ebbo
What diplomats possess more than the rest of us is practical understanding of affairs of the world. This is so because of their wealth of experience as first-hand witnesses to cultures, traditions and politics of other nations in their itinerant career.
Ibrahim Isah’s engagements with the foreign and international affairs didn’t begin with his employment in the nation’s foreign mission. He was educated to serve in this capacity, earning his first degree in International Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1982 and then Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy at the University of Lagos, amongst other qualifications.
Isah’s career in foreign service began as Third Secretary in the African Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, and tasked with responsibilities ranging from examining political and economic reports of countries in the Maghreb region of Africa and rendering appropriate recommendations to serving as Desk Officer for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He served in this capacity until 1985, transferred to Finance and Budget Department to serve as Assistant to the Executive Director until 1988.
This tasking foundation prepared the rising diplomat for an eventful career in the service of the nation outside the shore of Nigeria. He served as Head of Chancery, otherwise known as Second Secretary, at the Nigerian High Commission in Freetown, Sierra Leone, between 1988 and 1992.
On returning to Nigeria in 1992, he left the service of the African Affairs Department for a more challenging role at the European Affairs Department as First Secretary or Desk Officer in charge of the affairs of Spain, Italy and the European Union. He left this role to serve as Counsellor (Assistant) to the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs until 1998.
In February, 1998, Isah left the shore of Africa, settling down in New York to serve as Senior Counsellor/Head of Chancery at the Consulate General of Nigeria. He left New York in 2000 for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to continue in his management of the security and general administration of the Chancery at the Kingdom’s Consulate General of Nigeria.
He returned to Nigeria in 2002, this time engaged as Assistant Director at the Airport Protocol Unit, Presidential Lounge, Abuja. He was the Chief Airport Protocol Officer responsible for seeing off and receiving the nation’s topmost federal executive and legislative heads and also foreign Heads of State and Government.
He left Abuja for Beijing in 2007, taking up his new role as Deputy Director at the Embassy of Nigeria in the Chinese city. His range of responsibilities there included Nigeria’s economic relations with Nigeria, through investment promotion programmes, liaison with China Commerce Ministry to advertise Nigeria’s investment opportunities and potentials and also serving as the mission’s Protocol Officer who saw off and received delegations to China.
He left China for Nigeria in 2010, and was stationed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ National Assembly Liaison Office, first as Deputy Director at the Public Communication Division from January to March, 2011. In April, he become Director at the Division.
Since 2014, Ibrahim Isah has been at the Embassy of Nigeria in Ankara, Turkey. He started as Deputy Head of Mission from June, 2014 to August, 2015 when he become the mission’s Charge D’Affaires, a position he currently holds, with his name already on the list of ambassadorial nominees released by the federal government, representing Niger State.
Isah’s rise through the cadre of foreign service is a story of sheer diligence, discipline and commitment to serving the nation and protecting its interests home and abroad. His astounding achievements over the past 32 years of service is motivating, noting his earliest education: First School Leaving Certificate at the LEA Primary School, Ebbo, Niger State, in 1972; West African School Certificate at Government College, Bida, Niger State, in 1979; and and College Preparatory Course at Zungeru College of Advanced Studies, Bida, Niger State.
Isah had underwent professional training in Diplomacy, and has taken part in conferences and member of various committees as a representative of Nigeria in and out of Africa. He’s received local and international honours, including his recognition as Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill in 1998 and Honourable Citizen of Nashville and Davidson County in 1999. He was also made an Honorary Member of River State Foundation of Nigeria, United States, in 1999. The well-travelled and accomplished diplomat is married, and has children.
May God Guide you in this new Office you are about to occupy.