The Senate yesterday received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari for the substitution/ and confirmation of two non-career Ambassadors-designate.
The request, contained in a letter read at plenary by the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan came as the Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Philip Aduda protested the exclusion of FCT by President Muhammadu Buhari in the nominations of non-career Ambassadors.
In the presidential communication, Buhari sought to replace the earlier nominations of Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio and Brigadier-General Bwala Yusuf Bukar from Akwa-Ibom and Borno States respectively with new nominees.
The letter reads: “In accordance to Section 171(1)(2)(c) and subsection (4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Mr. John 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 General Bwala Yusuf Bukar from Akwa-Ibom and Borno State respectively, vide letter dated June 17, 2020, I substitute Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio with Mr. John J. Usanga (Akwa-Ibom State). I replace Brigadier General Bwala Yusuf Bukar (Borno State) with Air Commodore Peter Anda Bakiya Gana (Niger State).”
Coming under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules, Senator Aduda made case for due consideration of an FCT indigene.
According to him, the only FCT indigene presently serving as a non-career Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Hafiz Obada, was not re-appointed.
“For the ambassadorial nomination for the non-career, nothing has been said about the one for FCT. It has been silent and we have an Ambassador who is already sitting in Sierra Leone, his name is Ambassador Hafiz Obada. We don’t know what becomes of his fate because
other states have been told to remain in their stations or they have been re-appointed.