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Buhari refuses to amend ambassadorial list rejected by senators

13 July 2016, 14:12

Abuja -  President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told senators that he was not ready to amend the list of the ambassadorial nominees sent to Senate for confirmation, reports NewsDay.

The Senate had on June 22 put on hold the confirmation of the nominees.

The decision of the senators to suspend deliberations on the list according to News 24 follows the controversies that had trailed the list.

Senators subsequently summoned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama to come and explain the discrepancies in the list.

Also read: Full list of Buhari's ambassadorial nominees

Appearing before the Senate on Tuesday, Lawal stated that the list cannot be amended.

Lawal who appeared alongside Onyeama said there's no need for the nominees to be chosen from the 36 states of the federation as is the case with ministerial nominees.

Lawal said the list was based on certain criteria and pointed out that the list showed substantial federal character principles, since people from 32 out of the 36 states were nominated.

He assured that the four omitted states will be compensated in the non-career list that would soon be forwarded to the Senate by the President.

- News 24


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