Buhari's Board Appointees' Death Toll Hits 6, Sparks More Outrage ...Shameless Presidency Says Error Not Scandalous | News Proof



Buhari's Board Appointees' Death Toll Hits 6, Sparks More Outrage ...Shameless Presidency Says Error Not Scandalous

Muhammadu Buhari
The list of dead Nigerians appointed by President Muhammadu on some boards in federal agancies has risen to six, thereby sparked more outrage by Nigerians.

The monumentall error by the Presiden has been described by many as a national embarrassment.

Prominent lawyers and civil society groups, in separate interviews,  according to Punch Newspaper have said the inclusion of dead people on the list of appointees was a demonstration of incompetence by the Buhari administration.

They noted that the appointments, which were made two and half years after Buhari’s assumption of office, should have been done without errors.

Some of the dead persons on the list released included late Senator Francis Okpozo, who died in December 2016 but was named the chairman of the board of the Nigerian Press Council.

Another was Donald Ugbaja, the late Deputy Inspector General of Police who died in November but listed was as one of the members of the Consumer Protection Council.

Also on the list was the late founder of Fidei Polytechnic, Rev. Christopher Utov, who died in March but was listed as a board member of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Included on the list was the late Alhaji Umar Dange, an APC leader in Sokoto State, who was appointed as a board member of the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta.

Similarly, Kabir Umar, a former Emir of Katagum in Bauchi State, who died on December 9, was on the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, Bauchi.

According to TheCable, another appointee, Ahmed Bunza, died at Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, and was buried May 22.

Bunza was reported to be a staunch supporter of the APC. He served as the sole administrator of Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi state.

The President, Campaign for Democracy, Usman Abdul, said, “This tells you how confused the leadership of Nigeria is. First, you will realise that coming up with a list of such significance requires careful scrutiny.

“The release of the faulty list shows that neither the President nor his aides has the memory of the people they are ruling at heart, otherwise, they would have spotted the errors.”

Also, the CDHR President, Malachy Ugwummadu, described the development as “quite unfortunate.”

Ugwummadu said, “It is a sad commentary. In a country where we have surplus disciplined and credible people for appointments, it shows that background checks were not done before the list was released.

“There should be a rigorous investigation as to how such names found their way into the appointments.”

Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yusuf Ali, said the shocking discovery showed that the Federal Government was not diligent in its responsibilities.

He said, “The constitution of the boards has been long overdue. This government came to power about two and a half years ago. The discovery shows that the list was compiled a long time ago and due diligence was not done before it was released.

On his part, the Second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Monday Ubani, described the appointment of dead persons into the Federal Government boards as unfortunate.

He said, “It is unfortunate that the President delayed in doing most of the things he was supposed to do; and those things have come to haunt him.

“It is obvious that the dead people were appointed after they died. It does not speak well of any serious government that dead people are appointed into public offices.

“Had it been that they were appointed as of the time their names were submitted, this embarrassment would not have happened.”

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, and a delegate to the 2014 National Conference, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, have described the controversial list as belated.

Sani, in his tweets on Saturday, said Buhari should have posthumously honoured those who were deceased on the list instead of giving them appointments after their death.

Mohammed on his part said, “The list confirms a trend that has been the hallmark of this government since it took power in 2015. It shows how unprepared the President and the cabal in the Presidency are for the serious work of governance.”

Also, the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, criticised the Federal Government, describing the blunder as an untidy approach to governance.

The spokesman for the group, Yinka Odumakin, said some officials should be sanctioned for the embarrassment.

He added, “To have one dead person on the appointment list is scandalous, but to have many shows lack of thoroughness, no attention to detail. And, if this is the way our lives are being run, it is very shameful that the government at the highest level cannot sort the living from the dead.”

Presidency dismisses criticisms, says nothing scandalous
But the Presidency said there was nothing “scandalous” or “extraordinary” in the inclusion of the names of some dead persons in the list of appointments into the boards.

It said the list was prepared over two years ago and nobody could stop some of those included on the list from dying between then and now.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja.

According to Shehu, the process of compiling the list started in 2015, while a reviewed list was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 shortly before his health challenges.

The presidential spokesman said, having recovered fully, Buhari only instructed the new SGF, Boss Mustapha, to release the list.

He assured Nigerians that the nominees who are dead would be replaced.

Shehu explained, “This is a historical list. It dates back to 2015. 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.

“The then SGF, Babachir Lawal, presented the report in October 2016, one year after he was commissioned.

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

“So, the President constituted a new panel chaired by the Vice President. The panel has some governors and some leaders of the party as members. They were asked to go and review the list.

“The panel did its work and turned in its report early in 2017. The President had his health challenges during that period.

“Now that he is back and strong, he asked the SGF to go and release the list. So, the new SGF did what he was asked to do. There is nothing scandalous or extraordinary about what has happened.

“If a list was compiled over about two years ago, obviously some people would have died. Nobody can stop that from happening.

“Whoever is dead will be replaced. There is nothing extraordinary about it.”

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