Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sent
the names of 46 non-career ambassadorial-
nominees to the Senate for confirmation and
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, read the
President’s letter to the chamber during plenary.
Some notable nominees are a retired Justice of the
Supreme Court, Justice George Oguntade; a former
Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Paulen
Tallen; a former member of the House of
Representatives, Usman Bugaje; and a former
Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ibeto.
Others are Dr. Uzoma Ememke (Abia State); Dr.
Clifford Zirra (Adamawa); Maj. Gen. Godwin Umo
(retd.) (Akwa Ibom); Christopher Okeke (Anambra);
Yusuf Tugar (Bauchi); Baba Madugu (Bauchi); Brig.
Gen. Stanley Diriyai (retd.) (Bayelsa); Dr. Enyantu
Ifenne (Benue); Mohammed Hayatuddeen (Borno);
and Dr. Etubom Asuquo (Cross River).
Also on the list are Francis Efeduma (Delta); Jonah
Odo (Ebonyi); Uyagwe Igbe (Edo); Ayodele Ayodeji
(Ekiti); Maj. Gen. Chris Eze (retd.) (Enugu);
Suleiman Hassan (Gombe); Amin Muhammad
Dalhatu (Jigawa); Muhammad Yaro (Kaduna);
Deborah Iliya (Kaduna); Prof. D.
Abdulkadir (Kano); Haruna Ungogo (Kano); Justice
lsa Dodo (Katsina); Dr. Usman Bugaje (Katsina);
Prof. Tijjani Bande (Kebbi); Prof. Y. O. Aliu (Kogi);
and Nuruddeen Mohammed (Kwara).
Others are Prof. Mohammed Yisa (Kwara); Senator
Olorunimbe Mamora (Lagos); Modupe Irele (Lagos)
; Musa Ilu Muhammad (Nasarawa); Ade Asekun
(Ogun); Sola Iji (Ondo); Adegboyega Ogunwusi
(Osun); Maj. Gen. Ashimiyu Olaniyi (retd.) (Oyo);
and Dr. Haruna Bawa Abdullahi (Plateau).
Orji Ngofa (Rivers); Justice Sylvanus Adiewere
Nsofor (Rivers); Jamila Ahmadu-Suka (Sokoto);
Kabiru Umar (Sokoto); Mustapha Jaji (Taraba);
Goni Modu Zanna Bura (Yobe); Garba Gajam
(Zamfara); and Capt. Abdul|ahi Uba Garbasi (retd.)
(Zamfara), were also nominated.
Imo State and the Federal Capital Territory, whose
representatives are among the 47 career
ambassadorial nominees earlier sent to the Senate,
however, did not get any nominees in the non-
The lawmaker representing the FCT, Senator Phillip
Aduda, in his point of order, protested against the
exclusion, noting that the law recognised Abuja,
the country’s capital, as a state when it concerns
He moved a motion that the Senate should
communicate the omission to the President, which
the lawmakers unanimously approved.
Buhari had on June 9 sent to the Senate 47 names
of career diplomats.
Then, the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on
Foreign Affairs, Shehu Sani, said his committee
received “specific complaints” on the nomination
affecting some states.
He added that the nominees from Bayelsa, Ebonyi,
Ondo, Plateau and other states not featured on the
list did not meet the conditions approved for
Sani added that the committee also found out that
“the executive is working on the list of non-career
ambassadorial nominees, which will make up for
the states that were not represented in the current
The career nominees, who were screened by the
committee in July, have not been confirmed by the