The youths are leaders of tomorrow, as Nigerian Senate confirms 82-year-old, two others as ambassadors

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of three non-career ambassadors, including 82-year-old retired Justice Sylvanus Nsofor (Imo State), whose appointment was earlier rejected by the lawmakers but was renominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Also confirmed, based on the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, were Joseph Iji from Ondo State and Commodore Yusuf Jonga Hinna (retd.) from Gombe State).

In the report read by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu, the panel said the three nominees were cleared by the security reports on them but the Department of State Services was said to have recommended that Nsofor be dropped due to old age.

The committee, however, recommended Nsofor for confirmation, saying his performance at his second screening after his renomination was better than his first appearance before the panel.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, congratulated the appointees, while wishing them a “useful, successful and healthy tenure.”

President Buhari had renominated Nsofor, who was one of the two nominees rejected by the Senate on March 23, 2017, when 45 others were confirmed.

Nsofor and Mr. Jacob Daodu from Ondo State were rejected based on the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Buhari had renominated Nsofor and replaced the Ondo nominee with Iji.

The President also replaced Mr. Suleiman Zana Hassan (Gombe), who was nominated as a minister after his ambassadorial nomination had been confirmed with Hinna.


– Punch             


About Don Saint

PR Guru / Author / Promoter / Controversial Writer / Hip Hop Artiste / Actor / Human Rights Activist. The First Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste to obtain a Masters Degree (M.A) in Arts ( Religion & Human Relations). The author of one of the most controversial books in Nigeria; "Emancipation from Masturbation". With over 12 Movies and 3 Musical albums since 2003. Former Events Manager at Silverbird’s Rhythm Fm Awka Station till 2010. For more info. Call : 08033239298, 08056381068.

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