Confidence in Diplomacy
Abdul Rimdap was the only one of 20 brothers and sisters to go to school, and it would never have happened if he had not eavesdropped on a class at his village school and put his hand up outside the window to answer a question which had defeated the pupils. He went on to college and excelled sufficiently to be accepted by the Nigerian Foreign Service.
There followed a distinguished international career during which he played leading ambassadorial roles for Nigeria in Ethiopia, Zambia, Pakistan, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, helping to shape Nigerian foreign policy, being involved in the dismantling of apartheid and playing an important role in human rights issues at a critical time in his country’s history. He retired from his final post, as Ambassador to Germany, in 2010.
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Dr. Abdullahi Y. Shehu was previously Director General of GIABA from May 2006, he holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Abuja, and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Hong Kong, with specialization in money laundering and anti-corruption measures. Prior to his nomination, he was Secretary of the Presidential Task Force on Financial Crimes in Nigeria in 1991, and subsequently its Assistant Director.