In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 08th, July, 2020

Buhari Replaces Two Non-Profession Ambassadors-Designate

Buhari Replaces Two Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate


President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has notified the senate of recent replacements for 2 non-career Ambassadors-designate.

Within the letter learn throughout plenary by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, President Buhari sought to exchange the sooner nomination of Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio and Brigadier Normal Bwala Yusuf Bukar from Akwa-Ibom and Borno State respectively.

It learn;

“In accordance to Part 171(1)(2)(c) and subsection (four) of the 1999 Structure as amended, I’ve the honour to ahead for affirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Mr. John J. Usanga and Air Commodore Peter Anda Bakiya Gana (rtd) from Akwa-Ibom and Niger State respectively, as non-career Ambassadors-designate.

“The Senate is kindly requested to recall my earlier submission of Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio and Brigadier Normal Bwala Yusuf Bukar from Akwa-Ibom and Borno State respectively, vide letter dated 17th June 2020, I substitute Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio with Mr. John J. Usanga (Akwa-Ibom State). I exchange Brigadier Normal Bwala Yusuf Bukar (Borno State) with Air Commodore Peter Anda Bakiya Gana (Niger State).”

Nevertheless Senator Philip Aduda protested the exclusion of a non-career Ambassador from the FCT. He mentioned the one FCT indigene presently serving as a non-career Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Hafiz Obada was not re-appointed.

Aduda mentioned;

“For the ambassadorial nomination for the non-career, nothing has been mentioned concerning the one for FCT. It has been silent and we’ve got an Ambassador who’s already sitting in Sierra Leone, his title is Ambassador Hafiz Obada. We don’t know what turns into of his destiny as a result of different states have been advised to stay of their stations or they’ve been re-appointed.

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“My concern is that’s it at the moment FCT will now lose an Ambassador. It’s worrisome to me and the individuals of the FCT. Sitting right here, names have been known as for all different states besides FCT and we’ve got one.

“Now that individual non-career Ambassadorial slot for the FCT is being taken away from us and is being killed, in any other case we’re additionally entitled to have, and that’s what I’ve constantly mentioned since this checklist got here out.

“So, Mr. President, I hope one thing could be accomplished to this to assist the individuals of the FCT. We don’t get Ministerial nomination, we don’t get so lots of these items, however the small ones that we’ve got is about to be taken away which shouldn’t be so”

Senate President Ahmad Lawan who reacted to the grievance, admitted that it was legitimate. He mentioned;

“I sympathize with the FCT however I do know there have been twelve non-career Ambassadors who have been retained. I don’t know in case you have an FCT indigene amongst these twelve, most likely it is best to examine that to see in case you would see any FCT indigene, however your grievance could be very legitimate.

“What I’m going to recommendation is perhaps we have to take extra political motion, in order that it doesn’t at all times come like it’s an after-thought. The FCT is to be handled like a state, that’s what the Structure states, so that you deserve one like another state deserves.”


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