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Sylvanus Nsofor Senate confirms 82yr-old ambassadorial nominee who failed National Anthem

The ambassadorial nominee dismissed questions about his capacity to work directing the senators to “go and ask Robert Mugabe who is still working.”

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The Nigerian senate during plenary play

The Nigerian senate during plenary

(Pulse)

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the nomination of three non-career ambassadorial nominees.

Among the nominees confirmed by the Senate was 82-year old, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo state.

Nsofor who was among the 46 ambassadorial nominees was earlier rejected by the Senate

Others are Joseph Iji (Ondo) and Yusuf Hinna (Gombe).

Nsofor who came in frail and feeble also failed to recite the National Anthem during the screening.

He was also rude to members of the Senate committee on foreign affairs.

Nsofor also dismissed questions about his capacity to work directing the senators to “go and ask Robert Mugabe who is still working.”

Chairman of the committee, Monsurat Sunmonu explained that although, the Department of State Services (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.

"He was rejected and the presidency sent his name back to reconsider," she said. "Hon. Justice Nsofor is 82 years old - as opposed to being sarcastic and frail when he first appeared before this committee for screening.

"The nominee answered all questions appropriately and his appearance was better than the previous one. The DSS report still maintained that he will not be able to perform the duty of an officer due to his advanced age. However, the committee believes that he should not be penalised based on age, since he was able to demonstrate the necessary skills during the exercise. 

"The DSS report did not state any criminal report against this candidate. Hence the committee resolved to give him a chance. The committee is satisfied with his second appearance and performance," she added.

Nsofor retired as a judicial officer in 2005 told a Senate panel that Information Technology was not meant for people of his age.

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