Buhari Appoints Dead People To Boards, Spokesman Dismisses Public Outrage

Saul Bowman
January 1, 2018

"Withdrawing the appointments and directing and allowing the civil service systems to follow due process to reappoint chairpersons and members to the boards of these agencies and parastatals would bring the government's practices and operations into conformity with Nigeria's worldwide anticorruption obligations, particularly the UN Convention against Corruption".

The founder of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko, the first private polytechnic in Northern Nigeria was in April 2017.

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

One also finds it hard to accept that the government with its array of staff similarly could not cross-check the list to remove the names of persons who died subsequently after the list was compiled.

"Now that he is back and strong, he asked the SGF to go and release the list".

Attahiru, selected to head the board of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state reportedly died in May 2016, according to a Facebook post by Hon Rufai Ahmad Chanchangi, representing Kaduna Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). He added that President Buhari directed the recently appointed SGF to release the list during "this holiday period".

He particularly expressed sympathy with Nigerians on the pervading fuel scarcity, which, he said, spoilt the fun of the Yuletide for many people, assuring that it was a phase that would soon fizzle out.

"The development has further confirmed PDP's position that the APC administration is completely confused, disorganized and grossly incompetent", the statement read in part.

The development was communicated in a statement released by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation.

Shehu however assured Nigerians that nominees who were confirmed dead would be replaced.

"However, complaint arose from some Governors who felt they were not carried along in the process.

To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors". "I can tell you that numerous initial names were also the same names forwarded by the governors except in few cases".

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