The new U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Hon. W. Stuart Symington presented his credentials to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Symington, Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young, USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey, and Senior Defense Attaché Colonel Patrick Doyle.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Symington on September 28, 2016 after he was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama, then sworn in as the Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria on October 31, 2016.
Ambassador Symington, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was raised in Missouri and comes from a distinguished political family.
His grandfather, W. Stuart Symington Jr. was the first Secretary of the Air Force from 1947 to 1950, and served as the U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1953 to 1976.
His father, James W. Symington served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977, representing Missouri’s Second Congressional District.
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