Nigerian embassy in Hungary faces eviction over owed rent

Nigerian embassy in Hungary faces eviction over owed rent

- The Nigerian embassy in Hungary may be evicted if nothing is done to offset the rent where the mission is housed

- According to the minister of foreign affairs, Godfrey Onyeama, other Nigerian embassies globally are also indebted to their landlords

- Onyeama is advocating that budgetary allocations to the ministry of foreign affairs be made in dollars

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The Nigerian embassy in Hungary is facing eviction from the landlord of the building where the mission is located.

Godfrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs, made the disclosure on Tuesday, October 2, when defending the ministry’s 2021 budget at the House of Representatives in Abuja.

Landlord threatens to eject Nigerian embassy in Hungary over owed rent
Godfrey Onyeama has spoken about financial challenges in the ministry of foreign affairs. Credits: @GeoffreyOnyeama
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The Cable, citing NAN, reported that the minister told the legislators that other Nigerian embassies are also facing similar threats of eviction.

Onyeama said:

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“Just on Monday, the ambassador in Hungary called to say they are going to throw them out from the chancery building. That the landlord is coming and that they do not have the money to pay.
“And we get that from a lot of missions across the world and that is not a sustainable way of running foreign service."

He disclosed that the ministry of foreign affairs experiences financial challenges because funds are budgeted for the ministry in naira while all the payments abroad are in dollars.

Meanwhile, Nigeria's minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) has revealed that the federal government was aware of the recent United States of America special operation on Nigerian soil.

Magashi disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the National Assembly on Tuesday, November 3.

According to him, the federal government granted the US permission to rescue its citizen kidnapped by bandits in the Niger Republic and taken to northern Nigeria.

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In other news, the Egyptian authorities will be deporting seven Nigerians who participated in EndSARS protests in the country for not having resident permits and visas.

The Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in a series of tweets on the evening of Monday, November 2, confirmed this development.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the NIDCOM, stated that the only Nigerian among them who has a permit would get final clearance from the Egyptian interior minister, Mahmoud Tawfik.

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