Today it was announced that Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, has resigned after a series of leaked diplomatic cables revealed he had told the British Government that the Trump administration was “inept” and “clumsy”
President Trump clearly found these comments difficult to handle and made it clear that his administration would no longer “deal” with Darroch.
But isn’t one of many roles of an ambassador to send information about the economic, social and political developments in a host country to their home abroad?
Let’s take America for example 😉
In August 1975, the American Ambassador John Reinhardt wrote what he thought of the then Nigerian Head of State, Murtala Mohammed and of course, other matters “concerning the nature of the new Nigerian Government” in a memo to the then United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.
Mr. Reinhardt, who was the U.S. top diplomat to Nigeria from 1971 to 1975, felt Mr. Muhammed was a strikingly different figure from the no-nonsense general many Nigerians respected.
He remarked that although brilliant and daring, Mr. Muhammed was an erratic and impetuous ethnic chauvinist who lacked the unifying talent of his predecessor, Yakubu Gowon.
He believed he was not only an arrogant mass murderer, but just as corrupt as those he went after.
He writes “The leader of the coup against General Yakubu Gowon is an erratic, vainglorious, impetuous, corrupt, vindictive, intelligent, articulate, daring Hausa,”
I guess this type of “un-ambassadorially” behaviour is reserved for only a few.
Well, only one country 🤣
Below is the declassified memo …..from the Americans, with love