Reaction trails Buhari’s 46 ambassadorial nominees, as Senators, FCT protest non-inclusion

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By Christiana Ekpa, Abuja

The now Career Ambassadorial list submitted to the senate by President Muhammed Buhari,  exclusive of the FCT is generating controversy as the indigene of the FCT took to the street to protest now inclusion of it natives in the nominees, following a point of order raised by the FCT Senator Philip Aduda.

The FCT Senator Aduda, had raised a Point of Order challenging President Muhammadu Buhari for not nominating a native of FCT as non-career Ambassador in the list of 46 non-career ambassadors sent to the Senate on Thursday.

Senator Aduda referred the Senate to Section 299 of the 1999 Constitution that states that FCT shall be treated as if it is one of the states in Nigeria and that the President is the Governor of the Territory with the executive ministers of the federation serving  as commissioners of the FCT while the National Assembly shall serve as the state House of Assembly for FCT.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki promise to communicate the point of order raised by FCT senator back to executive for correction, the FCT indigenes went ahead to protest the now inclusion of their native.

The leader of the protesters, Umar Suleman who spoke with NewsDirect said, the President was unfair to the FCT indigenes  while choosing his Ambassadorial nominees.

According to him, “ the president did not following some section of the 1999 constitution before excluding the FCT. This is our place, we are the one that provided all that is needed for Nigeria to operate today”

He vowed that, the FCT indigene will not rest until the abnormality is corrected It is on record that President Buhari forwarded a fresh list of 46 non-career Ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation as Ambassadors.

Senate president Bukola Saraki, read the President’s letter containing the nominees at plenary on Thursday morning, who are a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, George Oguntade (Lagos);  a former deputy-general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Senator Olorunnimbe Majors (Lagos); Yusuf Tuggar (Bauchi); a former deputy governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Paulen Tallen (Plateau); a former member of the House Representatives, Hon. Usman Bugaje (Katsina); and the immediate past deputy governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ibeto (Niger), whose nomination as a Minister was withdrawn by Buhari in 2015.

The list also include a former director-general of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos,  Prof. Tijani Bande (Kebbi); Dr (Mrs) Uzoma E. Emenike (Abia); Dr Clifford Zirra (Adamawa); retired Maj. Gen. Godwin Umo ( Akwa Ibom); Christopher J.N. Okeke (Anambra); Brig Gen. Stanley Diriyai (Bayelsa); Dr. Enyantu Ifeme (Benue); Dr. Etuborn N.E Asuquo (Cross River); Engr. Francis Efeduma ( Delta); Mr. Jonah Odo (Ebonyi); Uyagwe Igbe (Edo); Ayodele. L. Ayodeji (Ekiti); Maj. Gen. Chris Eze (Enugu); Alhaji Suleiman Hassan (Gombe).

Amin Muhammad (Jigawa); Mohammed Yaro (Jigawa); Deborah lliya (Kaduna); Prof. D. Abdulkadir (Kano);  Alh. Haruna Ungogo (Kano); Justice Isa Dodo (Katsina); Adegboyega Ogunwusi (Osun); Barrister Sola Iji (Ondo); Mr. Ade Asekun (Ogun); Musa Ilu Muhammad (Nasarawa); Mrs. Modupe Irele (Lagos); Prof. Mohammed G. Yisa (Kwara) Nuruddeen Mohammed (Kwara); Prof. Y. O. Aliu (Kogi)

Others are retired Major-General Ashimiyu Olaniyi (Oyo); Dr. Haruna Bawa Abdullahi (Plateau); Orji Ngofa (Rivers); Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor (Rivers); Jamila Ahmadu-Suka (Sokoto); Hon. Kabir Umar (Sokoto); Alhaji Mustapha Jaji (Taraba); Goni Modu Zanna Bura (Yobe); Alh. Garba Gajam (Zamfara) and Cpt. Abdullahi Uba Garbasi (Zamfara).