Who’s This Scallywag Called Geoffrey I. Teneilabe?, By Chika Onyeani
New York [RR] New York–I recently came across a rather unusual stupid letter from a so-called new Consul-General of Nigeria in Atlanta. In all my years observing the diplomatic world, I have never come across such an idiotic piece of ignorant and absurd nonsensical verbiage as displayed in what is titled “Letter to All Organizations,” in which this nincompoop is advocating that all Nigerian organizations must first consult him (Hon. Consul-General, Atlanta), before inviting Nigerian dignitaries to functions or events in the US. Says his letter, “It has been observed that these invitations are extended without the involvement, advice, input and acknowledge(sic) of the Consulate-Genera, which represents the interest of Nigeria and all Nigerias in the 17-State Consular District it covers in the United States.”
[PHOTO: Geoffrey I. Teneilabe]
Displaying his utter ignorance of consular affairs, this idiot goes on to write, “In reality, consistent with the time honoured diplomatic practice, such invitations must follow the accepted channel of communication, that is, from the inviting Associations/Organizations to the Consulate-General and thereon to its destination through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This gives an opportunity for the invitations to be scrutinized and evaluated, taking into account Nigeria’s national interest and image, as well as the dignity of the office of the guest(s). If this wasn’t so pathetic an injunction, it would be laughable.
Wow!! You haven’t heard the last of this silliness. Mr. Geoffrey I. Teneilabe, (okay he is “Hon.” we must remember), orders Nigerian Associations/Organizations as follows, “In the light of the foregoing, Associations and Organizations are hereby advised to desist from the practice of inviting our revered Nigerian dignitaries to the U.S.A. with slipshod planning for the events they were supposed to attend, scant attention to protocol, security logistics and unconfirmed appointments, ultimately resulting in embarrassment fo the official(s) and Nigeria.” “Revered Nigerians!!,” could you just imagine how difficult it is going to be dealing with such high falutin assessment of himself as Consul-General of Nigeria. Our “revered Nigerians” are such idiots that they don’t have the common sense to do due diligence of who is inviting them before coming to the US.
Okay, he is yet to finish this absurdity. Here is Hon. Teneilabe’s final command, “Thus, to maintain order, protocol, decency and decorum in the matter, as well as to uphold the dignity of public official)s) and the image of Nigeria in the eyes of the American public, it has become pertinent that Associations and Organizations henceforth channel their invitations extended to Nigerian officials and their spouses through the Consulate-General.”
Yes his name is GEOFFREY I. TENEILABE. Tell me, how could the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs insult the intelligence of Nigerians in America by sending an uncouth, crude, ignorant individual like this to be Consul-General. Now, I understand that this individual has been in Atlanta only two months, and already he is putting his foot in his mouth. He has ignored the saying we have back home which says that “when a duck gets to a new place, he stands one with foot and surveys his surroundings before putting the other foot down,” so that he doesn’t get killed.
We have had some very powerful Ambassadors and Consuls-General in New York before the creation of the office in Atlanta. In Washington, DC, we have had Amb. Prof. Jibril Aminu, former powerful Petroleum Minister as well as Education now Federal Senator, who didn’t dare issue such a directive; Amb. Prof. George Obiozor who was Director-General of the Institute of International Affairs, who didn’t dare issue such a directive; current Ambassador Prof. Ade Adefuye who has been here almost two years has not dared issue such a directive. Who is then this scallywag!!!
I believe the Ministry of Foreign Affairs MUST QUICKLY EFFECT MR. TENEILABE’S IMMEDIATE RECALL BACK TO ABUJA to learn what his duties in America are, before he embarrasses the country further.
REPUBLICREPORT…standing between civilization and anarchy…