President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Amb. Kabiru Bala as new High Commissioner to South Africa, with concurrent accreditation to Swaziland and Lesotho.
This was confirmed in a statement Monday by Ms Sarah Sanda, the Special Assistant on Media to Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, saying the minister presented a letter of credence to the new ambassador on Monday in Abuja.
She added that before his appointment, Bala was Deputy High Commissioner to the UK.
A career diplomat, Amb. Bala joined the Foreign Service in 1999 and had at different times served in Brasilia, Sudan, The Gambia, Netherlands and Thailand.
He also served in the State House Office of the Chief of Staff to the President, as well as State House Protocol.
Bala will replace Ahmed Ibeto, the former Ambassador who resigned his appointment in July after decamping to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A major task for the new High Commissioner is to tackle the menace of xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in the country, a situation that has not abated despite the commitment of both governments to bringing an end to it.