The Ambassador and the Individual Sections of the Embassy
Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck was appointed Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2016. Find out more about the ambassador here.
German foreign policy is value-oriented and interest driven. It is committed to using the opportunities of globalization and minimize its risks. Assertive promotion of inalienable and universal human rights is an important part of this value-based foreign policy. The political section acts as a link between the Nigerian and the German Government. Apart from the preparation of mutual visits, bilateral talks and political negotiations, the political coverage of Nigeria in particular is one of its main tasks. Bilateral relations with Nigeria are good and the mutual exchange is correspondingly vibrant.
Economy and Development
The Foreign Office and its missions abroad is committed to improving conditions for the activities of the German business world. Among other things, it is involved in the negotiation of investment promotion and investment protection treaties as well as double taxation agreements and stands as a representative of the German Federal Government in international fora such as the WTO, OECD, UN and EU for trade and investment-friendly environment and equal opportunities for German companies. For the economic section of the German Embassy Abuja this means in concrete terms, to both promote German economic interests in Nigeria and to protect and promote investment in Germany as well as contribute to the further development of equitable and sustainable global economic cooperation. We see ourselves as a political companion, networker and facilitator.
South of the Sahara in Africa around 1 billion people are currently living in 49 nations. In recent decades, many of these countries have become stable democracies; some have achieved an impressive economic growth. However, the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow and peace processes are often still fragile. Therefore, a modern development cooperation with Africa is still indispensable. In Nigeria, the German development cooperation focuses primarily on the areas of “Sustainable Economic Development” and “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.” The office for economic cooperation monitors major initiatives politically and acts as a liaison between the governments of Germany and Nigeria. Moreover, the Embassy has a small scale fund with which localized projects of local NGOs can be supported in a fast and orderly manner.
Culture, Education, Sport
In addition to the political and economic relations, cultural relations and education policy is one of the three pillars of German foreign policy and one of its most sustainable instruments. Cultural and educational programs directly reach the people in our partner countries, thus laying a broad foundation for stable international relations. They also provide global confidence in Germany - our society, economy and politics gain important and reliable partners through these. The cultural and press sections at the German Embassy Abuja, together with partners such as the Goethe Institute therefore, is devoted to the promotion of the German language and culture in Nigeria and the cultural exchanges between Nigeria and Germany. It is also responsible for the embassy's public relations and is the contact partner for journalists.
Legal and Consular Affairs
The legal and consular section is the liaison point in all legal matters with Germany. The Embassy provides services from certifications and notarization, to the issuance of passports and visas, to helping in emergencies. More information and a list of the entire service spectrum can be found on the site “Legal and Consular Affairs”. Please note - the Embassy in Abuja supports German nationals in consular affairs only if they are habitually resident in the Federal Capital Territory. The consular administrative district of the Embassy is extended to the states north of the rivers Benue and Niger only in emergencies. The consular administrative district of the General Consulate in Lagos however, covers the whole of Nigeria.
Refugees and Migration
The newly created section for refugees and migration deals with all aspects related to regional refugee and migration issues. This entails, on the one hand, the observation of and fight against illegal migration, on the other hand the section provides humanitarian assistance and support for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Furthermore, we have the possibility to oversee and support projects related to refugees and migration. The responsible desk officer, Friedrich Birgelen, is your point of contact at the embassy for governmental organization, non-governmental organizations and all other interested actors.
The Defence Attaché
The Defence Attaché and his Assistant are representatives of the German Armed Forces in Nigeria. In addition to Nigeria, their area of responsibility includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Togo.
The Defence Attaché advises the Ambassador on military and defence matters, as well as on respective policy developments in the regions for which he is accredited. Another responsibility is the facilitation of cooperation between the German Federal Ministry of Defence and the Ministries of Defence of the above-mentioned West African countries.
His tasks include:
- Advising the Ambassador in matters relating to defence and military capabilities
- Informing the German Government of developments of the above-mentioned West African countries' security and defence policies, Armed Forces and armament
- Informing the Nigerian government authorities and NGO’s about topics of German defence policies, Armed Forces and armament
- Coordinating of bilateral cooperation and education programmes between the German Armed Forces and the above-mentioned West African countries' National Defence Forces