Dead man makes list of Buhari's new appointment

What Fani Kayode said to Buhari for appointing dead men into govt boards

President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast to the nation to mark the New Year on January 1, at 7.00 a.m.

Senator Francis Okpozo who died in December 2016, was appointed the new chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.

Mr Utov was appointed member of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research and he died in March, 2017.

The president approved the constitution of the Governing Boards of Agencies and Parastatals, under some Ministries, as well as the appointment of eminently qualified Nigerians to fill the Board positions.

Mr Ugbaja, who was appointed by the President as a member of the Consumer Protection Council, died on November 29, 2017. It was later discovered that there were six dead persons before SERAP's Sunday claim that no less than eight dead persons were included in the list.

In a scathing statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said, "How on earth can a government that cannot compile a common list handle intricate issues of national planning and budgeting; issues of health, education, aviation, agriculture, infrastructure and management of the huge civil service?"

According to him, while these appointments represent a substantial number of hitherto pending board appointments, some more appointments are still being processed and will be released in due course.

The Presidency maintained that the appearance of dead persons names was a mistake, which would be corrected.

The statement added: "As a stalwart of the APC in the South-South, President Buhari believes that the party greatly benefited from the octogenarian's charismatic leadership and wealth of experience as a politician".

"The list has a history which explains the controversy around it. To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors".

Shehu further explained that the president only chose to revisit the matter recently and therefore directed the new SGF to release the list.

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