Presidency explains why names of dead Nigerians was included in President Buhari’s recent appointments
Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity,
Garba Shehu, has given an explanation to why the names of three dead
Nigerians were in the list of appointees for boards of various Federal
government parastatals that was released yesterday December 29th.
The controversial list had three dead Nigerians including Senator Francis Okpozo, who died in December 2016.
In a telephone interview with Premiumtimes, Garba Shehu, said the list of the appointees ”has a history”.
According to him, shortly after President Buhari came into to office,
he requested all state chapters of APC to submit names of 50 party
members to be considered for board appointment. Garba said when the
names from the various party chairmen was forwarded to president Buhari,
the different state governors protested, saying they were not carried
To pacify the state governors, President Buhari immediately
constituted a committee under the leadership of vice president Yemi
Osinbajo, to review and reflect the interest of the governors. The
report from the Osinbajo-led committee was however not immediately
implemented because President Buhari took ill and was out of the country
for a while.
“The president’s trips for medical attention slowed down completion
of the process,” he said, until when Mr Buhari decided to revisit the
“The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by
releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it,” Shehu
Shehu added that the list contained some errors which would be
corrected immediately. He said there is no need describing the list as