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Senate summons Foreign Affairs Minister again over ambassadorial list

11 July 2016, 17:53

Abuja - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, is expected to appear before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs over alleged irregularities in the ambassadorial list sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari, Sun reports.

The expected appearance of the minister is sequel to a summon to him by the committee following a resolution of the Senate to that effect shortly before the Red Chamber embarked on a 21-day recess.

Two members of the committee, Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe and Sonni Ogbuoji confirmed that the Minister would appear before the committee on Tuesday.

Also read: Senate rejects Buhari's ambassadorial nominees list

Onyeama and Lawal were also expected to explain to the lawmakers, perceived irregularities in the list of nominees, including alleged selection of some junior officers in foreign service for ambassadorial appoint­ments, instead of their su­periors.

News24 previously reported that Senate put on hold the confirmation of the 47 ambassadorial nominees forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 9.

This follows the controversies that had trailed the list.

Most of the senators who spoke on the list during plenary kicked against it.

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

- News 24


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