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New Permanent Representative of Nigeria Presents Credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Presentation of Credentials


Abiodun Richards Adejola, the new Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Adejola had been serving as Deputy Head of Mission at Nigeria’s Embassy to Ethiopia and Deputy Head of Mission at Nigeria’s Permanent Mission to the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union in Addis Ababa since 2019.

He has served in various sections of the Nigerian Foreign Service in the course of his career, including: Directing Staff, Foreign Service Academy 1993-1994; United Nations Security Council Desk Officer, International Organizations Directorate 1995-1998; Counsellor, Policy Planning, Research and Statistics 2000–2003; Special Assistant and Political Officer, Office of the Chief of Staff to the President 2007-2010; Secretary, Committee on Rationalisation of Nigeria’s Representation in Missions Abroad 2016-2017; Acting Director, Policy Planning, Research and Statistics Division April 2016 – August 2017; Acting Director, Second United Nations Division, International Organizations Department August 2017 - August 2018; and Acting Director, International Organizations Department August 2018 – February 2019.

He has also served in Nigeria’s diplomatic missions in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1998-2000; London, United Kingdom 2003-2007; United Nations Headquarters in New York 2010-2016; and African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa February 2019 to date. He has represented Nigeria in numerous regional and international meetings and conferences, and has a number of publications.

Mr. Adejola joined the Foreign Service of Nigeria on 11 October 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in international relations. He was born on 23 December 1964 in Ogun, Nigeria, and is married with two children.