Career Diplomats Upstage Politicians as Buhari Lists Ambassadors
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday submitted names of 47 ambassadorial nominees to the Senate seeking their confirmation.
The nominees were drawn from the ranks of career diplomats, a departure from past appointments where career diplomats contend with politicians for ambassadorial posting.
The Globe could not confirm on Thursday night if President Buhari would submit a fresh list of ambassadorial nominees to the Senate that will consist only the members of the political class.
Senator Bukola Saraki, who read the president's letter to senators in plenary, said President Buhari sought the approval of the upper legislative house in confirming the ambassadorial nominees at the shortest time possible.
“I have the honour to forward the attached list of 47 career foreign service officers as ambassador designates for consideration and confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Copies of their curriculum vitae are attached. It is my hope that this will receive the usual prompt attention of the distinguished members of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the letter further read.
The nominees included- Obinna Chukwuemeka, Salisu Umoru, Iyang Udoh, Okeke Vivian, Liman Munir, Edem Jane, Mohammed Hassan, Martin Cobham, Janet Molegbo, Itegbuoye Sunday, Olatunde Adesesan and Lilian Onu. Others are – Manaja Isa, Ngozi Ukeje, Bello Husseini, Enoch Ducci, Garba Baba, Usman Aliyu, Umar Salisu, Momoh Omeiza, Kadiri Audu, Balogun Hakeem, Nosa Ahmed, Ibrahim Isa, Bankole Adeoye and Ibidapo Obe.Others are Ogundaro Sakirat, Eric Belgam, Ateru Haliru, Ramota Bulima, Musa Mamman, Kabiru Bala, Adamu Shuaibu, D. A. Agiv, T.K. Gonglong, Ibrahim Hamza, K.C. Nwachukwu and Q.R. Wolu, E.K. Oguntuwase, A.I. Paragauda, L.A. Gasharga, Olufemi Abikoye, Abubakar Ibrahim, Rabiu Kawu, Janet Bisong and Adekunbi Habeebat.