A former U.S intelligence community expert, Matthew Page has said that President Buhari’s 82-year-old Ambassadorial nominee to the United States may be rejected for being too old.
Matthew Page, in an interview on The Osasu Show with Osasu Igbinedion, said the United States is uncomfortable with posting Nsofor to resume at its Washington DC office.
Recall that President Buhari had earlier nominated Sylvanus Nsofor as Ambassador to the U.S. A nomination that had sparked controversy when the President sent his name to the Nigerian Senate for approval.
Page said: �This chap made headlines when he was nominated as an ambassador by Buhari. He is a very well respected Nigerian but his disadvantage is that he is 82-year-old.”
�What I am hearing is that the US government is very uneasy about agreeing to have this ambassador posted to Washington because that is an extremely arduous drop.
�You have a growing schedule and its one of Nigeria’s largest overseas embassies to manage. This is something that needs a very dynamic and energetic person with an enormous constitution.
�So, there is uneasiness but there is also the desire to respect when a country sends you an ambassador. You can’t just say no, send me another one.
�The Nigerian government may sort of reconsider and realize that that person may not be best suited and that there are obviously a lot of talented Nigerian diplomats.
�So I don’t think there is a shortage for choice. PMB for whatever reason in his mind just wants this particular guy for this particular post and it’s probably not the best fit.”
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