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01 January 2018, 01:02 | Marta Robbins
President Buhari to broadcast to nation on Monday
Abuja - The Presidency on Saturday explained the reasons why there are names of dead persons on the list of newly appointed chairmen and members of board of government parastatals and agencies released on Friday.
Fani-Kayode on his Twitter handle said that 'anybody that more comfortable working with the dead than he is with the living is a practicing necromancer'.
But it was discovered that in the list were some dead persons and this has generated mixed reactions, with some lambasting the Presidency for the error.
Buhariappointed him chairman of the board of the Nigerian Press Council. "But Okpozo, a Senator in the Second Republic, died on December 16, 2016". He died in March, but was listed as a board member of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research.
Others are Garba Attahiru, a former chairman of Kaduna South Local Government who passed on previous year but was appointed on the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenegoa, and Umar Dange, a former secretary of APC elders committee in Sokoto, who was appointed to the board of FMC Ibute Meta. Mr. Ugbaja, a former deputy inspector general of police, died on November 29, 2017.
According to a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the address would be broadcast at 7:00am.
. "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", Shehu said.
The statement added that "As a stalwart of the APC in the South-South, President Buhari believes that the party greatly benefited from the octogenarian's charismatic leadership and wealth of experience as a politician".
"To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors".
"The list has a history which explains the controversy around it".
"The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it", he stated.
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