President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sent the names of 47 ambassadorial nominees to the Senate to be screened and confirmed as career diplomats to head Nigeria’s missions abroad.
President Buhari has also appointed his Special Adviser on Planning, Ben Akabueze, as the new Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation.
Mr. Akabueze takes over from Tijani Mohammed Abdullahi who will now serve as Special Adviser to the President on Planning and will continue to work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the letter containing the names of the ambassadorial nominees on the floor at plenary.
Names on the list include: Obinna Chukwuemeka, Salisu Umoru, Iyang Udoh Iyang, Okeke Vivian Nwanaku, Liman Munir, Edem Jane Ada, Mohammed Hassa Hassan, Martin Young Cobham, Janet Molegbo Olisah, Itegbuoye Sunday, Olatunde Adesesan, Lilian Ijekwu Onu, Manaja Tulahi Isa, Ngozi Ukeje, Bello Kazaure Husseini, Enoch Pierre Ducci, Garba Baba, Usman Bakori Aliyu, Umar Zainab Salisu, Momoh Seidu Omeiza, Kadiri Audu and Balogun Hakeem.
Others are Nosa Ahmed, Ibrahim Isa, Ibidapo Obe Oluwasegun, Ogundaro Sakirat, Eric A. Belgam, Ateru Haliru, Ramota Bulima, Musa Mamman, Kabiru Bala, Adamu Shuaibu, D.A Agiv, T.K Gonglong, Ibrahim Hamza, K.C Nwachukwu, Q.R Wolu, E.k. Oguntuwase, A.I Paragauda, L.A. Gasharga, Olufemi Abikoye, Abubakar Ibrahim, Rabiu Kawu, Odeka Janet Blessing and Adekunbi Habeebat.
Curricula Vitae, CV, of each of the nominees were also attached with the document sent by President Buhari.
Recall that President Buhari had on July 12, 2015, recalled 27 Nigerian non-career ambassadors from the various countries they were posted.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, explained at the time that the recall was part of efforts to reposition the nation’s foreign policies.