Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of three non-career ambassadors, including 82-year-old retired Justice Sylvanus Nsofor (Imo State), whose appointment was earlier rejected by the lawmakers but was renominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Also confirmed, based on the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, were Joseph Iji from Ondo State and Commodore Yusuf Jonga Hinna (retd.) from Gombe State).
In the report read by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu, the panel said the three nominees were cleared by the security reports on them but the Department of State Services was said to have recommended that Nsofor be dropped due to old age.
The committee, however, recommended Nsofor for confirmation, saying his performance at his second screening after his renomination was better than his first appearance before the panel.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, congratulated the appointees, while wishing them a “useful, successful and healthy tenure.”
President Buhari had renominated Nsofor, who was one of the two nominees rejected by the Senate on March 23, 2017, when 45 others were confirmed.
Nsofor and Mr. Jacob Daodu from Ondo State were rejected based on the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Buhari had renominated Nsofor and replaced the Ondo nominee with Iji.
The President also replaced Mr. Suleiman Zana Hassan (Gombe), who was nominated as a minister after his ambassadorial nomination had been confirmed with Hinna.