Outrage as Buhari appoints Dead men to fill board positions

In a statement signed by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale, SERAP said appointing at least eight dead people as board members would seem to suggest that the 1,467 appointments approved by the president were unscreened for competence and merit.

Okpozo died on December 26, 2016, with Buhari issuing a statement of commiseration on December 27, 2017.

Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, a former commissioner in Rivers State who died earlier this year, was appointed to the board of the National Orthopedic Hospitals while Comrade Ahmed Bunza from Kebbi State, an appointee to the Rubber Research Institute in Benin, had passed on in May 2017.

He was appointed as a board member of the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta.

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Soon after the list of the appointments was released on Friday, which had Buhari appointing 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members into some government agencies and parastatals, it was initially discovered that the names of three dead persons were included in the list.

A merit-appointment system would produce a better qualified board, and ultimately improve the governance architecture and access of Nigerians to essential public services.

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

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reacting to the dead appointees brouhaha, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government is confused.

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"The list has a history which explains the controversy around it". The President asked all state chapters of the APC to forward 50 names for appointments to the SGF through the national headquarters of the party. He added that President Buhari directed the recently appointed SGF to release the list during "this holiday period".

"The report was disputed by state governors who said they were not carried along or the list was not representative enough.

To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors".

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