"Your Excellency, could you please tell us what you think your responsibilities as representatives of our country are here in Manila? What do you think are the reasons for having a Nigerian embassy in the Philippines? Three of our people have been murdered in cold blood in less than six months with the embassy doing absolutely nothing! How many more Nigerians must be killed before you sit up and ask questions?"
John Igbokwe
Friday, November 16, 1995
To Charge d' Affaires a. i. Mr. Samuel Ajewole
during a meeting on the murder of Nigerian citizens;
inside the Chancery of the Embassy of Nigeria, Manila, Philippines

Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to visit the home of A Broken Mission, the book about the failure of Nigeria's diplomacy in the Philippines, and the campaign for justice for murdered Nigerian citizens, and for embassy reform.

In 1986, some 400 Nigerian students in the Philippines stormed and seized their embassy for one week. The students accused the ambassador, Dr. Ahmad Beita Yusuf of misappropriating relief funds the Federal Government of Nigeria had released for financially distressed students. They also accused Dr. Yusuf of abusing his office by subjecting economically anguished female Nigerian students to sex inside his office at the Mission. An investigation was launched by the Federal Government which sent a Panel to Manila. No official report of the investigation was ever published! The culture of official impunity and neglect of the welfare of Nigerian citizens continued.

By the early to late 1990s, four known and two probable Nigerian citizens had been assassinated in cold-blood in various cities across the Philippines, under highly questionable circumstances. Embassy officials blamed the victims and did nothing to seek justice or reassure a restive community it was concerned about its security. To a citizen who asked questions about the murders, a top embassy official, Head of Chancery, Mr. Femi Akenson Rotimi responded with death threats. The community was agitated; and then it became polarized.

A Broken Mission tells a no-holds-barred story of Nigeria's failed diplomacy in the Philippines, based on the two-year crusade to reform the Embassy of Nigeria, Manila, following official indifference to these murders. For the first time in the history of Nigerian diplomacy in the Philippines, this historic book reveals how Nigeria lost its diplomatic purpose to officers who superimposed various personal orgies upon the national interest rendering the latter an inconsequential, secondary object. The book also tells a fundamental story about the right and responsibility of citizens to take their public and civil servants to account when they fail to serve the highest interests of their people and country.

Whatever your nationality, you'd find A Broken Mission pointed and useful in the insight and the tips it gives on the effective ways of combatting diplomatic corruption and apathy. You would draw guidance and inspiration from how corrupt, insensitive power was compelled to grudgingly account for itself, as it ought to do under its well defined mandate.

Enjoy your visit; grab a copy of A Broken Mission and please, let us have your feedback.

Thank you!

John Igbokwe