There was mild drama on Wednesday at the screening of an 82-year-old non-career ambassadorial nominee, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor (retd.), who refused to recite the National Anthem when he was asked to do so before Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The lawmakers were shocked when the nominee first refused to recite the National Anthem.
The nominee is one of the 46 on the ‘reviewed list’ for whom President Muhammadu Buhari was seeking legislative approval for their appointment.
However, the nominee was asked series of questions, which he responded to.
During screening exercise, Senator Gbenga Ashafa (APC Lagos East), specifically, asked Nsofor to recite the anthem.
The nominee, however, decline to recite it, asking the lawmakers why he should do so.
Nsofor, after engaging the lawmakers in arguments, was eventually asked to take a bow and leave the venue.
Nsofor was born on March 17, 1935, in Oguta, Imo State.
He was a Judge of the High Court of Nigeria, Justice of the Court of Appeal, and Lecturer in Law at the Holborn College of Law in London.
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