Senate confirms ambassador who failed anthem test

Published On: March 17, 2011, 10:05 am
-- (m) at 17-03-2011 10:05AM

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The Senate has confirmed the ambassadorial appointment of Ijeoma Bristol, who could not recite the national anthem when she appeared before it a fortnight ago, on compassionate grounds.

Mrs Bristol, from Anambra State, had failed to impress the senate committee on foreign affairs at a screening of ambassadorial nominees. She was not able to recite both the national anthem and the pledge. She could also not say the capital of Jigawa State.

“She demonstrated fair knowledge of the job and what is required of her as an ambassador... but was not knowledgeable on specific and general issues concerning the diplomatic concerns of Nigeria,” Jubril Aminu (PDP Adamawa State), head of the senate committee on foreign affairs, said in his report to the senate.

“She was nervous during the interview,” Grace Bent, another member of the foreign affairs committee added.

Despite her shortcomings, the senate’s foreign affairs committee recommended that she should be approved for the job “so that she will retire as an ambassador”.

Mr. Aminu told the senate that even though he was personally against Mrs Bristol’s approval for the job and had advised that she go and learn about Nigeria first, majority of the committee members were lobbied to approve her.

“I was in the minority,” he said.

He said that in solidarity with the wish of his committee members the nominee should be approved with “benefit of the doubt” because she is a career diplomat and next in line for the position.

The stance of the committee divided the senate with many arguing that Mrs Bristol should be dropped. The opposing senators argued that competence, intelligence and courage should not be sacrificed for age or affection.

“We cannot continue to allow mediocrity,” Olorunmibe Mamora (ACN Lagos State) leader of the opposition said. “It is not helping us; we cannot allow this lady pass.”

“Temper justice with mercy”

The leadership of the senate, however, pleaded with their colleagues to “temper justice with mercy”.

“Her case is a case of what we call poor pass,” the senate president, David Mark, said.

The senate president however was optimistic that if given the opportunity, Mrs Bristol would learn about Nigeria. He added that the resentment expressed by senators would deter President Goodluck Jonathan from sending incompetent nominees to the senate in the future.

Mrs Bristol was confirmed alongside 25 others.

-- estilizo (f) at 17-03-2011 02:15PM
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another rubbish

-- deboalabi262 (m) at 29-03-2011 08:42PM
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She no go school for Naija abi she no dey hear the anthem for radio or television? Na padi padi government we dey o  -e gbami o

-- ajanni (m) at 29-03-2011 09:48PM
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thats why i will believe the that , there are no men and women of honours in the nigeria senate ,what a mess and rubbish ? somebody failed the test so woefully and yet got through ? madness
-- ajanni (m) at 2-04-2011 05:14PM
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
-- Larrykingomoj (m) at 2-04-2011 07:59PM
(1689 | Gistmaniac)

How many of them even including you and me who can recite the Anthem and the pledge under tension, she knows the job and that is what matters, period
-- ajanni (m) at 2-04-2011 10:07PM
(95177 | Grande Master)

that nonsense , she is a failure , and what tension was she under? is it by force ? she can choose to be a contractor if she is such a dull diplomat , i believe the appointment will come to an end with this very regime
-- frayobkk (m) at 3-04-2011 10:33AM
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send him packing

-- ajanni (m) at 3-04-2011 02:24PM
(95177 | Grande Master)

that would have been better so
-- golfer (m) at 3-04-2011 03:04PM
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what a can she be given the job.Na wha for the Senate house everything de with una
-- mallorca (m) at 18-07-2012 01:16PM
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Quote from: ajanni on 29-03-2011 09:48PM
thats why i will believe the that , there are no men and women of honours in the nigeria senate ,what a mess and rubbish ? somebody failed the test so woefully and yet got through ? madness
i no fit add anytin again..enough said