Audu Ayinla Kadiri, the new Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Kadiri had been serving as Head of the Political Section at the Nigeria High Commission in London since March 2016. He was the Director of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2015 to March 2016, and Acting Director and then Director of the Policy Planning Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to November 2015. He served as a Counsellor-Senior Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva from 1998 to 2000.
Mr. Kadiri joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria in December 1983. He has held a number of posts during his career, including as Counsellor at the International Organizations Directorate from 1994 to 1995, and Second Secretary at the Nigerian Embassy in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) from August 1990 to July 1992.
Mr. Kadiri has a Master of Arts in international law and diplomacy from the University of Jos in Nigeria (1992) and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He also has a professional certificate in diplomacy from the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy (1986) and a certificate in diplomatic studies from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom (1994). He was born in Ilorin, Nigeria on 2 February 1959. He is married with four children.