29 September 2007

Nigeria: Ambassadorial List - Obj Rewarded Third Termers -- Isyaku Ibrahim

Ninety percent of the ambassadorial nominees were the architects and facilitators of the ill-fated third term bid of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. This assertion was made by top politician and PDP BOT member, Alhaji Isyaku Ibrahim. He spoke yesterday, exclusively to Leadership Weekend, in Abuja.

Ibrahim noted that, save for few, the list resonates with the drama of the third term agenda and that it was obvious that Obasanjo "has finally rewarded those who worked tirelessly for the actualisation of elongation of his tenure."

He further added that "what this list has shown is that Obasanjo is still in full control of this country. With many of his loyalists in the National Assembly and 90% of them as ambassadors, the third term of Obasanjo has just begun. It is sad, but true that he (Obasanjo) is still the de facto ruler of Nigeria. He runs a parallel government from Ota and calls the shots from there. Even a blind man can see through that list."

The founding father of PDP also mentioned names: "Everyone knows that Dalhatu Tafida was a foremost crusader for tenure elongation. What diplomatic credentials has he got to be given ambassadorship other than the fact that he was a third term soldier? Look at Ahmadu Ali, the garrison commander, he will be made an ambassador for what? The truth is that these individuals will only go and preach about Obasanjo abroad."

According to him "this is the worst list of ambassadors I have ever seen. How can it be dominated by political careerists? What about the career diplomats? It is sad that someone like Joy Ogwu, who was a Foreign Affairs minister has stooped low to be an ambassador."

He said: "I'm astounded at the quality of these ambassadors. Ninety-eight percent of them are from the PDP. Some of them, from my investigations, have not done anything noteworthy in this party or in the nation. It is sad that former senators of the federal republic will be happy to be made ambassadors. It is a sad continuation of the "come and chop" politics of Obasanjo. I'm watching with interest to see how the new president will react to this.

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