By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Reacting to the scandal, the umbrella body for senior staff associations in the country, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), said it is not only a blunder, but also a national shame.
President-General of TUC, Comrade Peter Esele, told Saturday Vanguard thatÂ President-General ofÂ TUC, comrade Peter Esele, lamented it also speaks volume about the how Nigeria is organised as nation called form a thorough probe into the circumstances leading to the inability of those concerned not discovered the type of a person to be appointed an ambassador to represent the country.
According to him: â€œIt is another blunder by this administration. It is a national shame. It speaks volume about how organised we are. If we are serious, there is now how the government should not have known through the behind the scene to know the type of person the US government will accept. We call on the government to probe into this shame and bring those who did not do this job properly to book. An ambassador suppose to carry the image of the nation and represent the nation and represent the nation in foreign country.
This is a National shame. Who screened the ambassador? Did they not have contact, especially on security agencies, did not get intelligence report on the family? It is very unfortunate.â€
Also speaking, the President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASN), Comrade Babatunde Ogun, said: â€œIt is regrettable if such a thing happened. But if it is true that such a thing actually happened, the son who committed the crime, the son who committed the crime should be held responsible.
He is an adult and should face his crime squally. It should not be visited on his father. There are many instances where parents brought up their children decently, but the children would in-turn derail and do otherwise. If the man is considered fit by the Nigerian government to be the countyâ€™s ambassador, and he is notÂ guilty of any crime the US government should not detect for Nigerian who her ambassador should be.â€