Senate Confirms 82 Year Old Ambassadorial Nominee
Those confirmed were Olusola Iji (Ondo State), Yusuf Hinna (Gombe State) and Sylvanus Nsofor (Imo State).
Of the three, the confirmation of 82 year old Nsofor was not without political intrigues.
A Department of State Services (DSS) report had suggested that Nsofor was unfit to hold office owing to his age.
But the upper legislative chamber confirmed his appointment after considering a report of the Committee of Foreign Affairs.
The upper legislative chamber had earlier rejected Nsofor’s appointment, but President Muhammadu Buhari re-nominated him.
Nsofor was one of the three non-career ambassadorial nominees the Senate rejected alongside Jacob Daodu from Ondo State, in March.
But the Senate on Wednesday reversed it decision by confirming Nsofor.
Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, said Nsofor performed well when he appeared before the committee a second time.
Sunmonu explained that though, the DSS, in its report, said that Nsofor would not be able to perform his duties due to his advanced age, the committee resolved to give him a chance to serve.