By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the names for 46 persons to the senate for confirmation as non-career ambassadors.
Some of the names on the list are Musa Ibeto (former deputy governor of Niger state), whose nomination as minister in 2015 was withdrawn by the president; Pauline Tallen, former deputy governor of Plateau state, Olorunnimbe Mamora, a former senator from Lagos state, and George Oguntade, a former justice of the supreme court, also from Lagos state.
According to a statement to Blackface News by the Presidential Spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, others on the list are Nurudeen Mohammed (Kwara); Jamila Ahmadu-Suka (Sokoto); Suleiman Hassan (Gombe); Yusuf Tugar (Bauchi) ; Usman Bugaje (Katsina), Uzoma Emenike (Abia); Clifford Zirra (Adamawa); Godwin Umo (Akwa Ibom); Christopher Okeke (Anambra); Baba Madugu (Bauchi); Stanley Diriyai (Bayelsa); Enyantu Ifenne (Benue); Mohammed Hayatuddeen (Borno); Etuborn Asuquo (Cross River); Francis Efeduma (Delta); Jonah Odo (Ebonyi); Uyagwe. Igbe (Edo); Ayodele Ayodeji (Ekiti); Chris Eze (Enugu); Muhammad Dalhatu (Jigawa); Mohammad Yaro (Kaduna); Deborah Iliya (Kaduna); D Abdulkadir (Kano); Haruna Ungogo (Kano); Isa Dodo (Katsina); Tijani Bande (Kebbi); Y O Aliu (Kogi); Mohammed Yisa (Kwara); Modupe Irele (Lagos); Musa Mohammad (Nasarawa); Ade Asekun (Ogun); Sola Iki (Ondo), and Adegboyega Ogunwusi (Osun).
Also, Ashimiyu Olaniyi (Oyo); Haruna Bawa Abdullahi (Plateau); Orji Ngofa (Rivers) Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor (Rivers), Kabiru Umar (Sokoto); Mustapha Jaji (Taraba); Zanna Bura (Yobe); Garba Gajam (Zamfara), and Abdullahi Garbasi (Zamfara) are on the list.
In June, the president had sent a list of 47 career ambassadors to the senate for confirmation.
But their appointment has not been confirmed by the upper legislative chamber.
Although, the ambassadors-designate were screened in July, a controversy over the exclusion of some states from the list stalled the exercise.