Ambassadorial nominees could not recite the national anthem

There was laughter and anger in the senate yesterday when Ambassadorial nominees could not answer simple questions posed at them.

President Muhammadu Buhari had forwarded the names of 47 nominees to the Senate for ratification.

All 47 individuals are career diplomats.

Drama ensued when could neither recite the national anthem, the pledge nor tell the number of local government areas in their states.

Here is the roll call:

Ambassadorial nominee Vivia Okeke from Anambra State was asked to recite the anthem.

She could not make the lyrics of “One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity!”

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The Senators came to her rescue.

Secondly, Ibrahim Isah from Niger State was asked to say the Nation’s pledge.

Instead of saying this like line: “To defend her unity and uphold her honor and glory,” he said: “To defend her unity and integrity.”

Thirdly, Hakeem Balogun from Lagos State was embarrassingly unable to recite the anthem. He had to repeat it severally before he got it right.

Fourthly, Jane Ndem from Benue State was asked to name any 12 states in Nigeria and their capital.

She got stock at 11. She even said the capital of Lagos State was Lagos, intead of Ikeja.

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Shakirat Ogundero from Oyo State was asked to name 3 presidential candidates in the last elections.

She was able to name just Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari.

Baba Garba was asked to recite the national pledge. He missed this line: “To serve Nigeria with all my strength.”

On repletion, he again skipped another line: “To defend her unity.”

Janet Bisong from Delta State was unable to state the number of local government areas in her state.

A senator from her state, Senator James Manager, interrupted and said “You know it; it’s 25.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, defended the nominees stating that the nominees did well.

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However, a panelist who screened the ambassadorial nominees said Ita enang lied.

According to him, “That was a lie. Everybody saw what happened.

“We were there; journalists were there; the cameras and the tapes were there.

“How can diplomats not know the anthem and the pledge of their country?

“If it were lawmakers now, he (Enang) would come for us,” he said.