46 non career Ambassadorial nominees from the Executive have been rejected by the Legislature. Here's why
A few top ranking officials at the nation’s seat of power have disclosed this much to Pulse.
Buhari is yet to fill in hundreds of board and parastatal slots.
According to sources spoken to for this story, the President is yet to name persons into various board level positions because members of the cabal want a huge percentage of the appointments to be ceded to their cronies and loyalists.
“The cabal wants 40 percent of the appointments for themselves and they’ve told the President so in very clear terms”, offered a top ranking Presidency source.
The source added that since his assumption of office as President, Buhari has ceded responsibility of appointing persons into various federal level positions, to the cabal.
But members of the cabal recently handpicked stooges and loyalists as Ambassadorial nominees, much to the chagrin of State Governors.
Governors were not consulted before Ambassadors were picked from their States, a move that earned the President plenty of flak and embarrassment.
The development also led to a few of the Ambassadors turning down their appointments.
According to a similar story in The Nation, following the backlash that greeted his Ambassadorial nominations, the President expressed his dismay to the Governors.
According to the story, The President told the Governors that he was shocked by the protests which the nomination of Ambassadors generated.
The Governors protested to Buhari that they were neither consulted by the selection committee, nor the nominees known to them.
The source claimed that those given the assignment by the President to shop for competent hands only put their stooges.
To avoid “a repeat of padding of appointees”, according to the source, the President assured the Governors and party leaders that he would henceforth ensure wider consultations with Governors, National Assembly and party leaders on appointments.
The source added: “The President has dumped the cabal making discreet and embarrassing appointments. Now, it is going to be consultations before appointments.
“As a matter of fact, the President felt betrayed on appointments by some of his aides and kitchen cabinet advisers”.
There were also a few lines suggesting that the President may turn a new leaf in the days ahead.
“Now, Buhari is set to reconcile with everybody, especially the aggrieved Governors and leaders of the party, by running an all-inclusive administration and involving these leaders in strategic decision-making process.”
The Nigerian Senate has just rejected some of the President’s Ambassadorial nominees.
46 non-career Ambassadors were told they didn't meet the cut.
Monsurat Sunmonu, Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, said during plenary on Tuesday that President Buhari will have to re-present his Ambassadorial list to parliament.
“I suggest we return the list of non-career Ambassadors to the executive so that they can re-present it. There are about 200 petitions against the nominees and we don’t even know where to start”, Sunmonu said.
President Buhari is currently away in Morocco for a climate change conference.