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Politics Senate Makes U-Turn, Approves Buhari's Ambassadorial List

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Nigerian senators will soon start the screening of President Muhammadu Buhari's list of 47 ambassadorial nominees, ThisDay says.

The list had been earlier rejected on grounds that it doesn't follow federal character. Nominees from some states such as Bayelsa, Benue, Kogi, Ondo, Plateau, and Taraba were excluded from the list.

The resolution to immediately begin the screening of the nominees yesterday was the fallout of the presentation of the report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs which said the selection was in order.

According to the report, the states that were excluded in the nominations did not meet the requirements for selection. This is because the most senior officers from such states did not meet the required minimum of 30 months before retirement or fell short of other necessary criteria, it said.

“The President should be advised to expedite action on the submission of non-career nominees, which is expected to balance the perceived lopsidedness in the appointments," it added.
 

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