President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the name of former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, under the administration of Musa Yaradua, Salamatu Suleiman, as chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Mrs Suleiman served as a minister of women affairs and also minister of state for foreign affairs in the administration of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
She also served as commissioner in charge of political affairs, peace and security at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commission from 2012 to 2016.
Her name was sent by the president alongside other14 as members of the board of the NHRC.
Thier letter of nomination was read on the floor of the Senate for consideration and possible confirmation.
The letter which was read out by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the start of plenary on Tuesday, said that the appointment is pursuant to Section 2(3) of the National Human Rigthts Commission Act as amended.
Other nominees include Beatrice Jedy-Agba, Umar Salisu, Dafe Adesida, Joseph Mmamel, and Ahmad Fingilla.
Others are Kemi Asiwaju-Okeyonda, Abubakar Muhammed, Femi Okeowo, Sunny Daniel and Agabaidu Jideani.
Also appointed are Nella Andem-Rabana, Azubuike Nwakwenta, Jamila Isah, CDD director, Hassan Idayat and former chairman Anthony Ojukwu as secretary.
The letter will be transmitted to the appropriate committee for screening after which a report will be presented to the Senate recommending the confirmation or rejection of the appointees.
The NHRC was established in 1995 to serve as an extra-judicial mechanism aimed at promoting, protecting and enforcing human rights.