Senate approves President Buhari’s 82- year old ambassador, two others (see list)
– Retired justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo state has
been confirmed as an ambassador of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria
– The retired justice was confirmed despite DSS
reports against him
– The confirmation was however based on the Senate
Committee on Foreign Affairs’s recommendation
Nigeria Senate has confirmed 82-year old retired
justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo state as an
ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nsofor’s nomination by the Presidency was initially
rejected by the lawmakers but President Buhari insisted on the retired justice and renominated him again.
In confirming him, the Senate also ignores DSS report
The Senate also confirmed Joseph Iji (Ondo) and Yusuf
Hinna (Gombe) at the plenary on Wednesday.
The confirmation was based on the recommendation of
the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The Senate announced the confirmation through its
NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Senate has
begun the screening of 46 non-career ambassadors
nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had re-submitted a list of 46 non-
career ambassadors to the Senate for confirmation.
However, the chairperson of the Senate committee on
foreign affairs Monsurat Sunmonu on Tuesday,
February 7, said the screening is line with provisions of
Section 171, Sub-section 4 of the 1999 Constitution as