‘Inclusion of Dead Appointees on Buhari’s Board List Demonstration of Incompetence’


There was outrage on Saturday over President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of dead people into boards of Federal Government agencies.

Prominent lawyers and civil society groups, in separate interviews with SUNDAY PUNCH, 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.

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