Buhari forwards 82-year-old for Ambassadorial position again after he was rejected by senate

Reports made available by Damilola Oyedele in Abuja for ThisDay Newspapers reveal that President Buhari has forwarded the name of Justice Slyvanus Adiewere Nsofor (rtd) [an 82-year-old] back to the Senate for approval after he was initially rejected.



Barely five weeks after his initial rejection by the Senate, President Muhammadu Buhari has again forwarded the details of 82-year-old Justice Slyvanus Adiewere Nsofor (rtd) from Imo State for screening and confirmation as a non-career ambassador.

The Senate on March 23, 2017, while confirming 45 others, had rejected Nsofor’s nomination due to his refusal to respond appropriately to questions posed to him during the screening exercise by the members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The Committee Chairman, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central), had told the lawmakers that while Nsofor was not rejected due to his age, he had walked in for the screening, looking frail, and was supported as he was unable to walk by himself.

“His responses to the issues raised were either not answered or devoid of details and mostly satirical. For instance, we asked him to recite the national anthem, and he said we should have sent him a syllabus. A member of the committee asked him if he knew about IT. He asked what is IT, and I told him information Technology. He said: “It’s for your age, not mine.”

“Also, when asked if he was not too old, he said we should go and ask Mugabe who is still walking. He has shown his temperament,” she had said.

But Nsofor was again nominated by President Buhari despite the reasons by the Senate for his rejection.

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