Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Saturday, September 3, 2016 Under: News Stories


President Buhari has sent the names of nominated Ambassadors to the Nigerian National Assembly. This is according to The Cable news online portal of Thursday 9th June 2016;  "The names were contained in a letter sent to the senate, and read on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Thursday".

"In the letter, the president sought the consent of the senate‎ for the confirmation of the nominees. According to Saraki, Buhari asked that the senate approve the list at the shortest time possible", The Cable News.
“I have the honour to forward the attached list of 47 career Foreign Service officers as ambassador designates for consideration and confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the letter read.

“Copies of their curriculum vitae are attached. It is my hope that this will receive the usual prompt attention of the distinguished members of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” it concluded.

One of the ambassadorial nominees is Mr. Kayode Oguntuashe, a diplomat who served in South Africa as a Minister in Charge of Trade and Investment at the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria between 2011 and 2015. Mr. Oguntuashe is a unique and outstanding Diplomat while he served in South Africa. He was a father, mentor and adviser to many Nigerians in South Africa. He is an outstanding diplomat who believed so much in Nigeria and the ability of Nigerians. Reactions on the streets of South Africa with regards to his nomination have been that of joy and prayers.

Mr. Emeka Deco, a Nigerian businessman based in Hatfield, said of the ambassador designate; “He is favoured in Jesus name. Met him too, a very cool guy indeed. A natural motivator, he is. Congrats sir!"

Mrs. Elizabeth Nickdel said "I miss him so much. How I wish Baba Oguntuase to come back to South Africa again, you are one in a million sir"

The Nigerian Voice Newspaper can also testify to Mr. Oguntuashe’s wonderful personality and excellent work ethics. He facilitated The Nigerian Voice Newspaper meeting with many top profile Nigerians including former President Olusegun Obasanjo (Baba). We remember how tirelessly we worked with him to inform the Nigerian government of former President Goodluck Jonathan about the true position of Nigerians during the last xenophobic incident in South Africa contrary to what the Nigerian media back home were reporting.

Any country Mr. Oguntuashe is eventually posted to serve Nigerians as an Ambassador will benefit from his rich diplomatic experience.

According to Vanguard Newspaper of July 21, 2016, the Nigerian Senate will be resuming the screening of the nominees and also urged the President to urgently submit the list of non-career ambassadors to balance the nomination.
The newspaper article further revealed that the Senate, however, agreed with the decision of President Buhari not to include names from Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Ondo and Plateau states, since they did not meet the required criteria for selecting career ambassadors. 

"The resolution to proceed with the screening of the ambassadorial nomination followed the adoption of the report of the foreign affairs committee which investigated allegations of lopsidedness in the nomination. Presenting the report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on the investigative hearing on alleged irregularities and lopsidedness of the list of 47 career ambassadorial nominees, Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Shehu Sani, All Progressives Congress, APC, Kaduna Central, said:  “The committee, having considered all the petitions and concerns on the 47 ambassadorial nominees under consideration by the Senate, concludes that the nominees were meticulously selected in line with due diligence. “They should, therefore, be considered for screening and confirmation by the Senate.  The 47 career ambassadorial nominees were carefully selected on the basis of federal character, seniority, gender consideration, specialist relevance, a minimum of 30 months period of service before retirement and competence, except for a few that have between 18 and 29 months remaining periods of service”, the newspaper concluded.

We wish Mr. Kayode Oguntuashe goodluck in his next assignment for our dear country. .

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