Senate Rejects List Of Non-Career Ambassadors

Senate Rejects List Of Non-Career AmbassadorsThe Senate has rejected a list of 46 non-career ambassadors which President Buhari sent to lawmakers for confirmation.

Lawmakers rejected the list because of the myriad of petitions which the Committee on Foreign Affairs received over the nomination of the ambassadors.

The Senate is sending the list back to President Buhari to make amendments and return to the Senate

Meanwhile, the Senate has confirmed 47 career ambassadors which President Buhari sent to the upper chamber for confirmation.

The list also faced its own challenge in June when the screening of 47 nominees at the Senate was put on hold following what the federal lawmakers called irregularities in the nomination process.

Senator Joshua Dariye raised a motion under matters of urgent national importance alleging the non-inclusion of the names of competent persons from his constituent.

Senator Dariye expressed concern that not a single career diplomat from his state was included in the list.

His views were shared by Senators Sola Adeyeye and Fauster Ogolar. They believe that the nomination process was faulty.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, also joined in the condemnation of the nomination process before announcing the decision of the Senate to suspend the screening.

Buhari Forwards List Of Ambassadorial Nominees to Senate

senatePresident Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of 46 ambassadorial nominees to the Senate.

The announcement was read out by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, during the plenary session on Thursday morning.

Some of the notable figures in the list of non-career ambassadorial nominees include the former speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Senator Olorunibe Mamora and a former Supreme Court Justice, George Oguntade.

Also on the list is former deputy governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen and former deputy governor of Niger State, Musa Ibeto who was dropped from the president’s ministerial list in 2015.

The Senate is yet to conclude the screening and confirmation of the 47 career foreign service officers sent by the President in July.

Here is a  full list of the ambassadorial nominees (alphabetically)

  1. Abdullahi Garbasi (Zamfara)
  2. Ade Asekun (Ogun)
  3. Adegboyega Ogunwusi (Osun)
  4. Ashimiyu Olaniyi (Oyo)
  5. Ayodele Ayodeji (Ekiti)
  6. Baba Madugu (Bauchi)
  7. Chris Eze (Enugu)
  8. Christopher Okeke (Anambra)
  9. Clifford Zirra (Adamawa)
  10. D Abdulkadir (Kano)
  11. Deborah Iliya (Kaduna)
  12. Enyantu Ifenne (Benue)
  13. Etuborn Asuquo (Cross River)
  14. Francis Efeduma (Delta)
  15. Garba Gajam (Zamfara)
  16. George Oguntade (Lagos)
  17. Godwin Umo (Akwa Ibom)
  18. Haruna Bawa Abdullahi (Plateau)
  19. Haruna Ungogo (Kano)
  20. Isa Dodo (Katsina)
  21. Jamila Ahmadu-Suka (Sokoto)
  22. Jonah Odo (Ebonyi)
  23. Kabiru Umar (Sokoto)
  24. Modupe Irele (Lagos)
  25. Mohammad Yaro (Kaduna)
  26. Mohammed Hayatuddeen (Borno)
  27. Mohammed Yisa (Kwara)
  28. Muhammad Dalhatu (Jigawa)
  29. Musa Ibeto (Niger)
  30. Musa Mohammad (Nasarawa)
  31. Mustapha Jaji (Taraba)
  32. Nurudeen Mohammed (Kwara)
  33. Olorunibe Mamora (Lagos)
  34. Orji Ngofa (Rivers)
  35. Pauline Tallen (Plateau)
  36. Sola Iki (Ondo)
  37. Stanley Diriyai (Bayelsa)
  38. Suleiman Hassan (Gombe)
  39. Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor (Rivers)
  40. Tijani Bande (Kebbi)
  41. Usman Bugaje‎ (Katsina)
  42. Igbe (Edo)
  43. Uzoma Emenike (Abia)
  44. Y O Aliu (Kogi)
  45. Yusuf Tugar (Bauchi)
  46. Zanna Bura (Yobe)