Buhari appoints 3 dead people as Board members, Chairman[DETAILS]

by Antonio Miles January 1, 2018, 1:06
Buhari appoints 3 dead people as Board members, Chairman[DETAILS]

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to "withdraw without further delay the list of appointments to the boards of agencies and parastatals in order to remove a clear and recognizable danger to the integrity of these bodies, and allow the civil service systems to carry out the appointments, in strict conformity with established rules and Nigeria's worldwide anticorruption obligations and commitments". He died in March, but was listed as a board member of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Closer perusing of the recently released list of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari into the boards of some government agencies and parastatals has shown that six persons, and not just three as earlier reported in some media, found their names into the list.

However, it has been discovered that at least 8 members on the list have since passed away.

One of the explanations for the names of the dead on the list is that it was compiled long ago.

The statement added that "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".

Okpozo was, however, on Friday named to the Board of the Nigerian Press Council.

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The presidential spokesman said the president only made a decision to revisit the matter recently and therefore directed the new SGF to release the list.

He also said that 'Only the "living dead" enjoys the company of the dead'.

"The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it", he explained.

When asked why the list was not vetted before release, Shehu countered that it actually took more than 2 years to collate the list and resolve disputes arising over the selection of persons nominated by certain governors and other stakeholders.

The Presidency on Sunday informed Nigerians that President Buhari will address the nation by 7 am on New Year's Day without giving further details.


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