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Senate Screens 15 Ambassadorial Nominees as Some Fail to Recite National Anthem, Pledge Correctly



Ambassadorial Screening

Ambassadorial Screening

The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday in Abuja, screened 15 ambassadorial nominees out of 47 that were sent by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation.

The Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, led the nominees to the screening venue.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, after the screening, announced that the committee will continue with the exercise on Wednesday.

The nominees answered questions ranging from their qualification to experience on the job.

However, some of the nominees failed to recite the National Anthem and Pledge when asked to do so.

According to PUNCH:

Vivian Okeke from Anambra State, who was asked to recite the anthem, murmured when she got to the second to the last line of the first stanza, ‘One nation bound in freedom.’ The panelists however came to her rescue.

Ibrahim Isah from Niger State, who is currently serving in Turkey, was asked to recite the national pledge. When he reached the third to the last line, he said, ‘To defend her unity and integrity,’ instead of ‘to defend her unity and uphold her honour and glory’.

Hakeem Balogun from Lagos State, who currently serves in the United States, recited the old national anthem to a point and was asked to start again and he got it right.

Jane Ndem from Benue State, got the number of lawmakers in the Senate (109); she also got the names of senators representing her state but when she was asked to name 12 states in Nigeria and their capital, she got 11 but named Lagos as the capital of Lagos  instead of Ikeja.

Shakirat Ogundero from Oyo State was able to name two out of three presidential candidates in the 2015 election – Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari.

Baba Garba, while reciting the pledge, skipped the ‘to serve Nigeria with all my strength’ line, he returned to it and skipped to ‘to defend her unity’ again.

The committee will after the screening, send report of the screening to the Senate at plenary for consideration and confirmation.

Buhari on Thursday July 9, sent a list of 47 ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for its consideration and confirmation.

The nomination was, however, trailed with controversies, as some people alleged that it was lopsided, as Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Plateau and Ondo senators kicked against the list.

Photo Credit: DAILYPOST


  1. besos

    July 27, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Good job to all of you.. I know it is not easy.. its quite intimidating..

  2. Marlvina

    July 27, 2016 at 8:38 am

    When they’re chopping money and it blocks their brains! Sighs!

  3. bunmi1

    July 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Abeg wetin concern agbero with overload? SMH!

  4. Noms

    July 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Okay,so I tried to recite the anthem and go stalked but when I sang it I got it correctly. ?

  5. Mama

    July 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

    This funny, but truth be told, I’m not sure i can recite tge anthem and pledge without mistakes because i haven’t done so in a long while. However, knowing that they were going to be asked such questions they should have brushed up on it. How can you not know how many local goverments are in your state as a government official?

  6. lala

    July 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

    why would the president care about the states that are not represented when his state is covered. This is a man that doesn’t care about the inclusion of all but of some. fact is that all states should be represented, but hey a blind eye will be turned.

  7. Naya

    July 27, 2016 at 9:42 am

    They should have asked them to recite ‘Nigeria we hail thee’ to be fair ??. Please guys help a sister out. I’m in serious need of a job. I have an MSc in Environmental Health (distinction), NEBOSH IGC, PRINCE2 project management and experience working in an NGO (M&E volunteer). I reside in Port Harcourt. Email addy is [email protected]. Thank you ☺️

  8. Ch

    July 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    And with all the serious foreign issues we have as a country that they need to deal with, the best question they can ask them is to recite the National anthem and pledge. Is that what they are going to be reciting at UN meetings? This our crop of lawmakers is just a joke. More pressing issues abound and where you should drill them well deep into their international relations knowledge, it’s reciting what you learnt at Pry sch that is a big deal. Honestly, this administration in its entirety is becoming a joke.
    On the other hand, maybe they did ask them pressing questions, but as usual, the media has gone unprofessional again with the way they report issues. I am more interested in pertinent questions asked like how they intend to deal with Nig’s battered image abroad, than if they can recite the Nat anthem.

    • Iris

      July 27, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      If you think about it, even presidential candidates cannot answer questions about HOW they plan to achieve goals. They just say what they plan to do (which anyone can say). I won’t be surprised if your initial hunch is correct.
      On the other hand I find the fact that someone sang the old anthem and that another said Lagos was the capital of Lagos a little frightening. It reminds me of how Buhari went to Germany, called the German Chancellor the wrong name, and apparently thought there were still ‘two Berlins.’ While things are happening in the world, some of these ones are busy stealing and spending or sleeping. See Oga now. He is busy consoling other countries affected by terrorism and ignoring the fact that something is brewing in his own country. When it erupts now he will act confused, as if it started out of nowhere.

  9. ebby

    July 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm


  10. shame on the media

    July 27, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Ok Bella don’t tell me you don’t get your facts straight before posting stuff. I know it was on NTA news last night that these allegations were false. Whether they are true or not, is another thing but even the media pointing fingers dint report this right. Eg Mrs Ndem does not serve in Japan , Janet bissong is not from Delta State. It’s a shame that the media is in the habit of quickly pointing accusing fingers at people without getting their facts straight.
    Abeg make una free these civil servants jooor. Even those on the panel may not know the answers to the questions they asked these people.

  11. shame on the media

    July 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    As usual Bella naija refused to post my first write up. Well it’s the truth carry out your research on my claims on this issue

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