Senate Finally Confirms 82 Year Old Ambassadorial Nominee
The Senate has finally confirmed the nomination of 82-year-old Justice Sylvanus Nsofor (retd) as an ambassador. Justice Nsofor had on March 1 appeared before the Senate and refused to recite the National Anthem during questioning.
“Why should I do so,” he queried the foreign affairs committee after Senator Gbenga Ashafa asked him to recite the anthem.
The Senate had initially rejected in March, alongside the nominee from Ondo State, Jacob Igbekele Daodu, based on the report of the Department of State Service, DSS, which indicted him for corruption
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But President Muhammadu Buhari, on April 27, re-submitted Nsofor’s name and two others – Joseph Olusola Iji, representing Ondo State, and Commodore Yusuf Jonga Hinna for Gombe State for confirmation
Initially, the Senate had misgivings about his age but those fears (for whatver reason) seem to be allayed.
“Although he was calm at the screening, he looked frail and tired, His responses to the issues raised were either not answered or devoid of details and mostly satirical,”
Monsurat Sunmonu, chairperson of the foreign affairs committee, had explained on March 23.
Nsofor was a Judge of the High Court of Nigeria, Justice of the Court of Appeal, and Lecturer in Law at the Holborn College of Law in London.
Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, retired as a Justice of Court of Appeal 12 years ago after clocking the mandatory retirement age of 70.
He had served as a judge/justice for 28 years with about 13 of his working career spent in the Court of Appeal
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However, on Wednesday, the same committee reversed itself, claiming that Nsofor had improved in the ways he responded to questions during his second screening.
Sunmonu, the chairperson, added that a report by the DSS against the nominee could not be sustained because it did not bother on criminal records but was a mere advisory based on old age.
Senate also confirmed the nominations of Olusola Iji and Yusuf Hinna