Abuja - The Senate is planning to appeal to
President Goodluck Jonathan to reinstate beleaguered Permanent
Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Danjuna Sheni.
The official has been suspended for allegedly prompting the
recall of Nigeria¹s envoys to South Africa, without the authorisation
from the President, following the recent xenophobic attacks.
On Tuesday, the Senate Deputy majority leader, Abdul Ningi,
raised the matter to pardon Danjuma through point of order at the
He nonetheless conceded the Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs acted wrongly by not seeking the permission
of the President before recalling the envoys.
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"It is only the President of the country that has the
power to recall the envoy but I urge the Senate to plead with the President
not to terminate the appointment of the Permanent Secretary,"
He added that the issue of recalling an envoy was "a
very serious matter" that must be handled carefully.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over
the sitting on Tuesday, said the Senate leaders would reach out to the
President on behalf of the Senate over the matter.
Danjuma is said to be influential in the the recall of the
Nigeria Acting High Commissioner in Pretoria, Martin Cobham, and the
Deputy, Uche Ajulu-Okeke.
Critics said the move was worsening the sometimes frosty
relations between the continent's two biggest economies.
- CAJ News