New ambassadorial list: Buhari replaced Bugaje with Muhammadu Rimi from Katsina.
President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded a revised list of 46 ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation as ambassadors.
Consequently, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and Imo State have now been accommodated on the list as the nominee for Imo was previously mistaken for Rivers’.
While Kaduna and Katsina states have been allotted more slots than the number of nominees they had on the previous list rejected by the Senate, Lagos and Jigawa states had their number of nominees reduced by one each.
Also, a couple of the nominees, Mrs Pauline Tallen from Plateau State and Hon. Usman Bugaje from Katsina State, had earlier publicly declined their nominations, citing non-consultation and other reasons, even as some state governors also lodged complaints against the list.
According to a fresh letter dated Wednesday, January 11, 2017, which was read on the floor of the Senate yesterday, Buhari said: “I wish to refer to your letter of November 16, 2016, on the nomination of non-career ambassadors and to resubmit, hereunder, the revised list of 46 non-career nominees for confirmation as ambassadors-designate by the Distinguished Senate.”
Also listed are Dr. Etuborn N.E. Asuquo (Cross River), Engr. Francis Efeduma (Delta), Mr Jonah Odo (Ebonyi), Uyagwe Igbe (Edo), Maj. Gen. Chris Eze (Enugu), Alhaji Suleiman Hassan (Gombe), Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor (Imo), Amin Muhammad Dalhatu (Jigawa), Mohammed Yaro (Jigawa), Deborah lliya (Kaduna) and an additional nominee for Kaduna, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Prof. D. Abdulkadir (Kano), Alhaji Haruna Ungogo (Kano), Justice Isa Dodo (Katsina) and an additional nominee – Mohammadu Rimi Barade.