FG’s Board List: Okpozo’s Wife, Son, Others React


Anna, the wife of the late Chief Francis Okpozo, who was included in the controversial list that contains names of six dead men, said she received the news of the appointment of her deceased husband by President Muhammadu Buhari with surprise.

The widow, however, told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that she did not take offence at the development.

The late Okpozo, a former senator in the Second Republic, who died on December 26, 2016, made the list released by the Presidency alongside his son, Harrison.

Mrs. Okposo described her late husband as one of the founders of the All Progressives Congress, and a close friend of the President.

She said, “Although the news of my late husband’s appointment raised some concerns, I will not take it in bad faith.

“If he was aware that his (late Okpozo) name was on the list, he (Buhari) would have corrected it.”

“I am not taking offence at all because, as a President, he cannot know everything about everybody in the whole country. Maybe he had delegated the selection to some people to do and they did not consult but just published it (list).

“I cannot cry over spilt milk. He is gone; the living can forge ahead. But I commend him for remembering my son.”

Meanwhile, Harrison, the second son of the late Okpozo, has described the ‘posthumous appointment’ of his father by Buhari as an honour of the Second Republic senator.

Harrison, who was appointed as a board member, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, said it was regrettable that his father never lived to witness his appointment.

Also on Saturday, Bunde Upurugh, a nephew to the late Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Chris Utov, whose name made the list, described the appointment as a belated honour.

He further said the Federal Government recognised the contributions of the late Rev. Utov to the development of the nation.

He said, “The sad thing is that the appointment came many months after he died. Why did it take the Federal Government over two years to appoint board members?”

Upurugh is the Dean, Student Affairs of the Fidel Polytechnic, Gboko, which was established by the deceased.

In Sokoto, Alhaji Hassan Umar, a relation to the late Alhaji Umar Dange, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the publication of his deceased brother’s name on the list was a great embarrassment.

He said, “Dange died early this year. He was a great politician and I am not aware that he was ever given any appointment in his lifetime.

“This is a clear demonstration that President Buhari is not in control of his administration.

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