• Senate to get reworked ambassadorial list soon, says Presidency

    Senate to get reworked ambassadorial list soon, says Presidency

    President Muhammadu Buhari will soon send a “reworked” list of non-career ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

    The Senate had last week rejected the 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees earlier sent to it by Buhari for approval.

    The lawmakers, who said the list would be returned to the President “for re-submission and re-jigging,” added that they rejected the nominees because of over 250 petitions against them.

    Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that a fresh list would be prepared and sent to the Senate.

    The […]

  • Why we rejected Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees – Senate shares reasons

    Why we rejected Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees – Senate shares reasons

    It was gathered that the Senate has revealed the rationale behind the rejection of the entire list of 46 non-career ambassador-nominees forwarded to it for confirmation in October by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

    The Senate, however, confirmed the nomination of 47 career ambassadors forwarded to it by the President in July.

    The rejection of the 46 non-career nominees was based on a report submitted by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu (APC-Oyo).

    Sunmonu said the imbalance of nominations observed in […]

  • Saraki vetoes Senate’s rejection of Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees

    Saraki vetoes Senate’s rejection of Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees

    President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has vetoed the rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees by the Senate.

    When the confirmation of the nominees was put to a voice vote by Saraki during Tuesday’s plenary, the “nays” were more than the “ayes” but the Senate President ruled that the “ayes” had it.

    This happened some few minutes after the lawmakers rejected the President’s request for legislative approval for his $30bn external borrowing plan.

    Two nominees had rejected their nomination […]

  • APC Governors write Buhari over ambassadorial nominees

    APC Governors write Buhari over ambassadorial nominees

    Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have put forward their complaints on the list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees recently sent to the Senate for confirmation and approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom made the disclosure to State House correspondents yesterday.

    The governor earlier had a closed-door with President Buhari.

    The APC governors had presented their grievances to the president at a meeting last Monday.

    Ortom however said he and his colleagues had written to […]

  • Bugaje reveals why he rejected Buhari’s ambassadorial nomination

    Bugaje reveals why he rejected Buhari’s ambassadorial nomination

    A former member of the House of Representatives, Usman Bugaje, who was recently nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve as non-career ambassador, has given reasons why he turned down the ambassadorial nomination.

    In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the nominee from Katsina state‎ thanked Buhari for the appointment, but said he could not accept to serve in Nigeria’s mission abroad because of the task before him at home.

    According to the northern politician, “Regarding the published nomination for […]

  • Why I rejected ambassadorial nomination – Tallen shares reasons

    Why I rejected ambassadorial nomination – Tallen shares reasons

    A former deputy governor of Plateau, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has said that she turned down her ambassadorial nomination in order to be fair to other parts of the state in terms of federal appointments.

    Tallen, a former Minister of Science and Technology and Labour Party governorship candidate in Plateau in 2011, made this known in Abuja on Monday.

    “I hail from the same local government and tribe with Gov. Simon Lalong. I turned down the nomination because of balancing of appointments; I […]

  • Senate concludes ambassadorial nominees’ screening

    Senate concludes ambassadorial nominees’ screening

    The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday concluded the screening of the 47 ambassadorial nominees.

    The screening, which lasted three days, took place at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

    The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, commended members of the committee and the media for their efforts in ensuring the success of the exercise.

    “We give Glory to God that 47 people have been screened. The exercise was started on Tuesday.

    “On behalf of […]

  • Senate screens additional 34 ambassadorial nominees

    Senate screens additional 34 ambassadorial nominees

    The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs has screened 34 ambassadorial nominees out of 47 sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation.

    The committee, which screened 15 nominees on Tuesday, screened additional 19 on Wednesday.

    The nominees, answered questions bothering on their qualification, expertise and what they would do to ensure bilateral relations between Nigeria and other countries if confirmed.

    The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, enjoined the remaining nominees to get to the venue of the screening as […]

  • Senate begins screening of ambassadorial nominees

    Senate begins screening of ambassadorial nominees

    The Senate, yesterday, resolved to begin immediate consideration and screening of the 47 ambassadorial nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari last month.

    The decision followed the adoption of the recommendations of the Com­mittee on Foreign Affairs mandated to investigate the 37 petitions forwarded to the Senate on alleged lop-sidedness in the nomination.

    Buhari sent the list for approval on June 9. However, petitions trailed the nominations over alleged disregard for federal character principle and non-representation of states like Bayelsa, Benue, […]