The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, February 4, 2020, nominated Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibot-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd) and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd) as non-career ambassadors.
The nomination was contained in a State House press release signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
According to the release, Buhari had forwarded names of the retired officers to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate, urging the Senate to give expeditious consideration to his nominations.
The nomination, which was said to be in accordance of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, reads in part:
“In accordance with section 171 (1), (2) (c) & sub-section (4) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed five (5) names of nominees as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate.
“The nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd ), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd).
“The President urged the Senate to give expeditious consideration to the nominations.”
4 things you should know:
- Ambassadors are the highest-ranking diplomats sent abroad to represent their country’s interests.
- In Nigeria, the president appoints ambassadors to act as his representatives in other nations.
- Normally stationed in an embassy in the host nation’s capital, an ambassador is responsible for overseeing all government activities in that country to further foreign policy goals.
- When a president appoints a noncareer ambassador, as in the case of these immediate Service Chiefs, he does so because that person brings a unique talent or expertise to the particular ambassadorial post.