President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, December 29, approved the constitution of the governing boards of agencies and parastatals.
According to Premium Times, President Buhari also appointed 209 chairmen and 1258 members to fill the board positions.
The development was communicated in a statement released by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation.
However, a careful look at those names clearly shows that at least three of them are long dead.
Buhari appointed Reverend Christopher Utov as a member of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research. Reverend Utov, the proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko passed away on March 17, 2017. The president also appointed Chief Donald Ugbaja as a member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC). Chief Ugbaja, a former DIG of the Nigerian Police, died on November 29, 2017. The third man Senator Francis Okpozo, was appointed as chairman of the Nigerian Press Council. While Okpozo, a senator in the second republic, died on December 16, 2016.
Also the list of the new appointees showed duplication of names as few people were appointed into more than one board. Former Aviation Minister discovers 2 more corpse in the list making it 5
Chief Femi Fani- Kayode has discovered two more additional dead men Mr. President appointed to the board of Federal Parastatals. FFK tweeted;
Garba Attahiru and Umar Dange are the latest additions to the list of dead men that Buhari has appointed to the boards of Federal Parastatals. This takes the number from 3 to 5. PDP Reacts To Appointment Of Dead People Into Government
Nigeria has now become the laughing stock and the butt cruel jokes in the international community. It is called corpsocracy; the rulership of the living by the dead. And President "walking dead" Buhari is its Chief Priest and primary advocate and promoter.
The Peoples Democratic party has reacted to the appointment of 6 dead people as board members and chairmen of government agencies by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement signed by the national publicity secretary, PDP, the party mocked the ruling APC, stating that 'a government that is appointing dead people cannot rule Nigeria'.
"Nigerians can now see why the nation’s economy has been in shambles in the last two years. When we say that this government is completely inept, some Nigerians did not know to which level, but now they do.
This inability to tidy up a simple issue of list of 209 appointees has completely exposed the extent the APC government is bereft of simple organizational skills to manage a country like Nigeria, which is in dire need of development.
How on earth can a government that cannot compile a common list handle intricate issues of national planning and budgeting; issues of health, education, aviation, agriculture, infrastructure and management of the huge civil service?"
How can they possibly initiate and successfully implement national and international instruments for national development in today’s competitive world? This also explains why nothing has been working under the APC government.
Furthermore, the mix up in the list also exposes the corruption in the APC government. The fact is that the government of our dear country has been in wrong hands in the last two years and the situation will continue to worsen unless the nation is rescued from them in 2019.
Finally, we urge Nigerians to disregard the lame excuses by the APC government and hold them responsible for the woes that have befallen our country under their inept and undesirable regime.”