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Senate rejects Buhari’s 82-year-old ambassadorial nominee, another

From Fred Itua, Abuja 

Senate, yesterday, rejected two, out of the 47 non-career ambassadorial nominees, sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 12, 2017.

The two rejected nominees are Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor from Imo State and Jacob Igbekele Daodu from Ondo State.

Explaining the rationale behind Nsofor’s disqualification, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu, said the Imo nominee was too old to hold public office.

Nsofor is 82 years old.

As for Daodu, Sunmonu said he was disqualified because of a report from the Department of State Services (DSS).

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the day’s legislative business, read names of the 45 confirmed nominees to be: Uzoma Eminike (Abia); Aminu Lawal (Adamawa); Godwin Umoh (Akwa Ibom); Christopher Okeke (Anambra); Yusuf Maitama (Bauchi); Baba Maigudu (Bauchi); Stanley Douye (Bayelsa) and Stephen Uba (Benue).

Others were: Baba Ahmed Gida (Borno); Utobong Asuquo (Cross River); Frank Ofegina (Delta); Joda Udoh (Ebonyi); Yagwe Ede (Edo); Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti); Chris Eze (Enugu); Sulieman Hassan (Gombe); Aminu Dalhatu (Jigawa); Ahmed Bamilli (Kaduna) and Deborah Yahaya (Kaduna).

Also included were: D. Abdulkadir (Kano); Haruna Arungungu (Kano); Musa Udo (Katsina); Mohammed Rimi (Katsina); Tijani Bande (Kebbi); Y. Aliu (Kogi); Nurudeen Mohammed (Kwara), Mohammed Isa (Kwara); Adesola Omotade (Lagos); Modupe Remi (Lagos); Musa Mohammed (Nasarawa); Ahmed Ibeto; Niger and Susan Aderonke Folarin (Ogun).

Afolayon Adeyemi (Osun); A. Olaniyi (Oyo); James Dmika (Plateau); Haruna Abdullahi (Plateau); Orji Ngofa (Rivers); Sahibi Isa Dada (Sokoto); Kabir Umar (Sokoto); Jika Ado (Taraba); Goni Zana (Yobe); Garba T. (Zamfara); Bala Mohammad (Zamfara) and Ibrahim Dada (FCT) also made the list.

Late last year, President Muhammadu Buhari, submitted 46 names of non-career ambassadorial nominees to the Senate.

The list was greeted with criticism.  Imo and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were omitted from the old list. Bowing to pressure, Senate eventually rejected the list and sent it back to Buhari to correct some lapses.


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  1. myke oghene 24th March 2017 at 9:26 am

    Ambassadorial list dominated by Hausa bokwei is evidential of sectionalism in Buhari’s policies. Imo state governor appears and behaves strangely from the existentialism of the Ibos. Is it a truism that he has inclination to Hausa/Fulani background? The youths are idling away without jobs and he is presenting a woman above 80 as an ambassador. Right thinking leaders must learn to give opportunity to the youths while making life comfortable for the elders. The question that bothers Nigerians is why should someone that is 65years and above still aspire for government appointment? Why should an Ex-governor be allowed to contest for Assembly election or Ex- senator for gubernatorial after his tenure? Nigerian constitution is a water shed, no stringent inhibitions and no effectual stipulations. This is the man cause of the underdevelopment of the small Businesses. Greed, avarice, insatiability, wickedness, egocentricity and callousness have fuddled the brain of most Nigerians aged office seekers. hence they would not aspire to own small businesses.

  2. mazi offor joseph okereke 24th March 2017 at 12:14 pm

    the irony of it all is that most of our leaders made it within their age bracket of 32 years to 35. Gowon, ojukwu, shagari, babangida, obasanjo, etc, all came to limelight of leadership in their thirties. why is it that the present youths are not considered for juicy positions in spite of their academic prowess. That 82 years of age retired justice was presented for ambassadorial appointment in a country that is gifted with vibrant youths is a slap on the cheeks of our teeming youths and i should tell our youths to rise up and take their destinies in their hands.. In IMO state where every home can be proud of educated elite and GOV. okorocha felt that 82 years old is the best he has, shows that he okorocha is a myopic and anti youth governor. I thank the senate for rejecting the Methuselah and for him to adduce that mugabe of zimbabwe should be asked if age does his work means that inspite his background, he is living in analog era.

  3. Frank ikemba 24th March 2017 at 10:40 pm

    When we say Okorocha is the most confused governor, people who dont understand feel we are castigating him unnecessarily. Imo state has a population of over four million people with many budding, well read and well talented youths. It is one of the most educationally advanced state in Nigeria with almost every family boasting of a graduate. How can a right-thinking human being with such array of well endowed human talent go ahead to nominate an 82 years for such appointment? And for PMB to ve forwarded such name to the senate for confirmation speaks volumes of our present leadership. Something is definitely wrong somewhere and that is why Nigerians are in pains, with some now committing suicide as a way out. This is the way Okorocha plans to rule Nigeria by using square pegs in round holes. Shame! Let me make it clear that I personally love old age. It is one of the blessings of almighty God which everybody looks forward to. But there are many ways to compensate loyalty or to support the elderly.

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