His Excellency, Mr. Oma Djebah, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Kingdom of Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar presented his Letters of Credence to the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, at the Ambara Royal Palace recently.
The ceremony, which was filled with regal pomp and pageantry, saw Ambassador Djebah resplendent in a colourful and elegant traditional attire of the Urhobo. Ahead of the ceremony proper, the Director of Protocol from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs Crede led a colourful Royal Motorcade-consisting Maha of one royal police guard lead car, two royal the Air palace cars, two police closure car and six royal police outriders- from the Grand Palace to pick up Ambassador Djebah from his official Residence to the Grand Palace. After about a 30 minutes' drive through the main streets of Bangkok City, the Royal motorcade conveying the Nigerian Ambassador arrived at the Palace and was received by a colourful Guard of Honour mounted by a Brigade of Royal Guards.
The highpoint of the ceremony was the actual presentation to His Majesty the King original copies of the Letter of Recall of Ambassador Djebah's predecessor, his Letter of Credence accrediting him to the Kingdom of Thailand and his written Speech addressed to His Majesty the King. This was immediately followed by a reciprocal gesture by the King offering the Nigerian Principal Envoy an envelope containing the Royal Reply. Thereafter, as it is customary, the King granted Ambassador Djebah an audience during which matters of mutual interest between Nigeria and the kingdom of Thailand were discussed. Ambassador Djebah seized the opportunity presented by the historic ceremony to convey the kind salutations of His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to His Majesty the King and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand. While recalling that Nigeria and Thailand had maintained unbroken cordial diplomatic relations since 1962, he expressed the need for the deepening of cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including promotion of agriculture, oil, gas and renewable energy, food security, education, exploration of natural resources (mining, etc), exchange of technical skills as well as promotion of trade and investment.
To conclude the order of proceedings at the Grand Palace, Ambassador Djebah signed the Royal Visitor's Book where he extended sincere congratulations of President Buhari to His Majesty the King on this special occasion, in furtherance of the subsisting cordial relations between Nigeria and Thailand. This was followed by the traditional Vin d'honneur reception during which a toast was proposed congratulating the Nigerian Ambassador for presenting his letters of credence. That reception created an opportunity for friendly interaction among the Ambassadors, Palace officials and senior officials of the host Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the end of the ceremony at the Palace, Ambassador Djebah was chauffeured back to his Residence, where family members and staff of the Embassy were treated to an assortment of both Nigerian and Thai delicacies during a reception.