The Senate in its plenary session on Tuesday confirmed 47 career Ambassadors amid controversy over failure to recite the national anthem.
It could be recalled that 4 out of the 47 nominees who attended Senate screening in August this year fumbled when the committee asked them to recite the National Anthem.
The committee Chairman on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu submitting the report on the floor of the Senate admitted that four nominees could not recite the Anthem and National Pledge, but the committee had to overlook it when the Ambassadorial nominees pleaded and also promised that they would improve on it, when appointed.
Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North) queried the committee for screening and recommending the 47 nominees, despite their shortcomings during the screening exercise.
He condemned the submissions of the committee and added that someone who could not recite the Anthem of his or her country should not be made to represent same country in foreign land.
However, the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, Deputy Minority Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah and Senator James Manager (Delta South) saved the day by convincing the Senate to confirm the nomination of the 47 career Ambassadors, saying that anxieties may have been responsible for their failure to recite the Anthem.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, therefore led the Senate into the committee of the whole where the 47 nominees were confirmed.