Past Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria

Last Updated on November 10, 2021 by Ope Quadri

Since the establishment of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1961, the ministry which maintains, supervises, coordinates Nigeria’s relations with other countries has produced 28 ministers.

On the assumption, the ministry named as the Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations. By the government of Tafawa Balewa, the Prime Minister at the time. And Jaja Wachuku became head of the first foreign affairs ministry

Roles of the Foreign Affairs Minister

1) To oversee the management of Nigeria’s diplomatic missions and consulates.

2) To implement foreign policies

3) To maintain relations with other countries

4) To protect the interest of Nigeria and its people in foreign countries

5) To coordinate foreign policy of Nigeria.

6) To maintain Nigeria’s relations with international organisations

Past and Present Minister of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Years in Office
Geoffrey Onyeama 2015 till date
Aminu Bashir Wali 2014-2015
Viola Onwuliri 2013-2014
Olugbenga Ashiru 2011-2013
Henry Odein Ajumogobia 2010-2011
Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi 2010
Ojo Maduekwe 2007-2010
Joy Ogwu 2006-2007
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala June 21, 2006 to August 30, 2006
Oluyemi Adeniji 2003-2006
Sule Lamido 1999 to 2003
Ignatius Olisemeka 1998 to 1999
Tom Ikimi 1995 to 1998
Babagana Kingibe 1993 to 1995
Matthew Mbu January to November 1993
Ike Nwachukwu 1990 to 1993
Rilwan Lukman 1989 to 1990
Ike Nwachukwu 1987 to 1989
Bolaji Akinyemi 1985 to 1987
Ibrahim Gambari 1984 to 1985
Emeka Anyaoku 1983
Ishaya Audu 1979 to 1983
Henry Adefope 1978 to 1979
Joseph Nanven Garba 1975 to 1978
Arikpo Okoi 1967 to 1975
Yakubu Gowon 1966 to 1967
Nuhu Bamalli 1965 to 1966
Jaja Wachuku 1961 to 1965

Of all the former ministers, Prof Bolaji Akinyemi, Anyaoku, and Sule Lamido were exceptional as Nigeria’s foreign policies were clearly spelt out.

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