Dead man makes list of Buhari's new appointment

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday make a national broadcast to commemorate the New Year.

Okpozo died in December 2016 and was granted the honour of a public condolence statement by President Buhari who however appeared to appoint him to chair the board of the National Press Council (NPC) in December 2017.

"Withdrawing the appointments and directing and allowing the civil service systems to follow due process to reappoint chairpersons and members to the boards of these agencies and parastatals would bring the government's practices and operations into conformity with Nigeria's worldwide anticorruption obligations, particularly the UN Convention against Corruption".

Another ally of Atiku that made it into the list is Bashir Ibrahim Ibrahim is factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM was appointed member of the board of Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority. Mr. Utov, the proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko, died on March 17.

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He said this in reaction to the outcry over the inclusion of at least four dead persons in the list of appointees.

Mr Ugbaja, who was appointed by the President as a member of the Consumer Protection Council, died on November 29, 2017.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, told journalists in Abuja on Saturday that there was nothing scandalous or extraordinary about the list.

"Furthermore, the mix up in the list also exposes the corruption in the APC government", he said.

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However in its defence, the presidency, through its spokesman, said the list was compiled in 2015 but was not release because the president was away on medical leave.

"The report was disputed by state governors who said they were not carried along or the list was not representative enough".

The Presidency on Sunday informed Nigerians that President Buhari will address the nation by 7 am on New Year's Day without giving further details.

"The list has a history which explains the controversy around it".

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