Senators Reject Buhari’s Ambassadorial List

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Some members of the Nigerian senate have rejected the ambassadorial nominees list submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate has also decided to summon Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, to explain the processes by which the list came about.

This decision was taken after Joshua Dariye representing Plateau Central senatorial district raised the issue as a point of order.

In reaction to this, various lawmakers also expressed their dissatisfaction with the ambassadorial nominees list.

Sunny Ogbuoji representing Ebonyi South senatorial district said: “I wish to continuate the motion raised by Dariye on the ambassadors.”

“I want to observe that Ebonyi state is not represented in that list even though we have career diplomats and a couple of them have been calling to find out why they lopsided them when they were not recognised,” he added.

Foster Ogola representing Bayelsa West senatorial district also expressed dissatisfaction, saying:

“I remember when we were eulogising about the one year anniversary, i complained that my place was omitted.

“People who suffer from terrorism were omitted. A place that provides 30 percent of the oil, its not fair. Ogola complained that the list should be returned to the president until all states are reflected.

“The federal government is putting undue pressure on people like me because they see us as people that are not doing their work.

“If we are talking on federalism and federal character, we should not see how the president should submit names when some states are not there. Nothing should be done on this list until all the states are reflected.”
Senate president Bukola Saraki while making his contribution said: “The number of petitions i received this time is more than usual so we can invite the SGF to explain how they came about with the names.”

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