Recently released list of 47 career ambassadorial nominees by President Muhammadu Buhari is still generating uproar in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as aggrieved officers have been filing petitions to the presidency and the National Assembly.
According to one of such petitions, the aggrieved officers, who are all on Grade Level 17 (directors), noted that the list lost sight of seniority, which has always been a major prerequisite in the appointment of career ambassadors.
A cursory look at the list of senior officers in the cadre of director in the ministry shows that most senior officers in some states were skipped in favour of their juniors, even when they still have up to 18 months in service.
The petitioners posited that some states like Cross River, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe and Anambra have consistently been favoured in ambassadorial appointments in the last few years.
The aggrieved directors also faulted the position being bandied around that directors who have less than 30 months to retirement were not considered in the latest appointments.
According to the petition, the principle appears discriminatory as “an officer from Gombe had less than 14 months and he was nominated as Ambassador-Designate.”
Yet, others from the southern part of the country in the same bracket were not considered.
The petition added: “The general outlook of the list is not clear and no apparent order or criteria were used, thereby making room for insinuations and speculations.
“For instance, whereas some states such as Cross River, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe, Anambra (consistently favoured at every appointment in the last four years against others) were allotted two slots, Osun State was given only one and yet two of us are due and qualified, and I’m the most senior of the two and I was skipped.
“The rumour being bandied around was that any officer, in this case director, who has less …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot