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Legislators want Danjuma pardoned for "recalling"envoys

05 May 2015, 21:44

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 plenary.

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.

Also read: Danjuma meets behind closed doors with Jonathan

"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," Ningi said.

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


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