Controversy trails Buhari’s new board appointees: ‘Dead’ men, duplications, Atiku loyalists appointed

Pic 19. FEC MEETING
From left: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; President Muhammadu Buhari; Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe and Minister of Stste for Agriculture, Sen Heinekaen Lokpobiri during the Federal Executive Council Meeting in Abuja on Wednesday (20/12/17) /20/12/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

Controversy has trailed the massive, historical appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

The office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, late on Friday announced the appointment of 209 board chairpersons and 1,258 board members.

This was the largest single appointments made by the president since assuming office in 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in his October 1 Independence Day speech announced that the long-awaited appointments would be made soon.

A scrutiny of the names, however, shows that at least three of them might be those of people who died after Mr. Buhari was sworn in as president on May 29, 2015.

About four other names are duplicated in more than one agency while some opposition politicians also got appointed.

‘DEAD PERSONS’

Francis Okpozo, believed to be the second republic senator that died in 2016, was appointed chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.

The late ex-senator battled with an undisclosed ailment at a private hospital in Benin.

Coincidentally, when the ex-senator died, the president in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, commiserated with “the family and friends of the late senator, whose championing of social justice in the Niger Delta, during his long history of service to the people, endeared him to many.”

Until his death, he was a chieftain of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State.

Neither the presidency nor the SGF, Boss Mustapha, was able to clarify on Saturday morning that the Mr. Okpozo appointed to the NPC board is different from the late former senator. They were also not able to clarify the other controversial appointments.

Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, simply referred PREMIUM TIMES to Mr. Mustapha’s office.

“Contact the SGF office, he is the person handling it,” he said.

An aide to the SGF, however, said he was on holiday and could only speak upon resumption on Wednesday.

Another controversial appointee is Donald Ugbaja, who is believed to be a late former deputy inspector general of police.

The former police chief died a few weeks ago.

Mr. Ugbaja was appointed a board member of the Consumer Protection Council.

A third person, Christopher Utov, was appointed board member of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.

He is believed to be the same person as a Catholic priest from Benue State who died on March 18.

DUPLICATIONS

The list of the new appointees also shows duplication of names, with few persons appointed into more than one board.

Sabo Nanono was appointed a member of the board of the National Agency for Science and Engineering, NASENI. He was, however, also appointed chairman of the board of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC.

Kabiru Matazu was appointed chairman of FCT Universal Education Board and also appointed to chair the board of Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.

Umaymah Abdullahi was named on the board of Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri as well as the Federal Medical Centre, Sokoto.

Also Habiba Umar was appointed on the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola and also Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kebbi.

THE NON-APC APPOINTEES

A Kano governorship aspirant, Ibrahim El-Amin, popularly known as Little, was appointed board member of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo.

In August, Mr. El-Amin decamped from APC to PDP in what was seen as heralding the eventual defection of the former Nigeria Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

Another person from Kano and close confidant of Mr. Abubakar, Murtala Adhama, was also appointed into the board of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Mr. Adhama, though not known to be a party man in Kano politics, is, believed to be among Mr. Abubakar’s close strategists.

Another ally of Mr. Abubakar that made it into the list is Bashir Ibrahim. Mr. Ibrahim is factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM.

He was appointed member of the board of Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority.

It is unclear if the three men would pick up their appointments, or ignore them considering the new political stance of Mr. Abubakar.

However, it is not illegal or inappropriate to appoint opposition politicians into such offices. A serving minister, Aisha Alhassan, is still holding on to her office, despite her public pledge of loyalty to Mr. Abubakar who is expected to be a PDP presidential candidate in 2019.

REASONS FOR GAFFES

While both the SGF and the presidency are yet to officially clarify the controversies, a source in the presidency told PREMIUM TIMES of the likely cause of the mix-ups.

“The list was compiled in 2015,” the source said.

He explained that after Mr. Buhari’s October 1 statement of the imminent establishment of the boards, the president advised that that list compiled in 2015 be given priority as he considered it to be a fair one.

“But that does not stop the SGF from doing due diligence to prevent all the gaffes,” the source said.

The source’s explanation would clarify the inclusion of the ‘dead’ persons and loyalists of Mr. Abubakar. All the three dead men mentioned in this story were alive in 2015. Also, Mr. Abubakar and Mr. Buhari were still close in 2015 with the former vice president still a chieftain of the ruling party.


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  • Observer

    Medicine after death.. That is lapses

  • Fernando Luis

    This is a country full of intellectuals yet they allowed incompetent bunch of illiterates to govern them with copy and paste mechanism, push and start actions. I wonder what the learned VP professor of law(osibanjo

  • Anonymous

    A list full off dead persons, old timers, duplication of name and loyalists, only ghost persons remain to complete the list, what a gaffe, off course the name swere presented by Buhari, they ought top have checked if those persons were still alive or capable of performing the task, Buhari need to do better.

  • okenwa

    That list is exactly like expo. Copy without understanding what you are copying.

  • sheikh Messi

    Hahaha! APC is a DISASTER!
    THIS IS INCOMPETENCE AT ITS PEAK! DAMN!!
    These guys are so inexperienced. Listen to adesina: “Contact the SGF office, he is the person handling it,” he said.
    Is that how to talk?? Like a kid rushing to put d blame on someone else. ‘He is the person handling it’. That is SO unprofessional! He mentioned the SGF office. He should’ve just said ‘they(SGF office) are handling it/or in charge’.
    I just wish lai(e), adeshina, garba shehu, amaechi and their e-flies will be bold enough to blame this on Jonathan and PDP.
    That will just make my day.
    CHARLATANS!

    • abodes_124

      they will soon. ‘If Jonathan had not looted the treasury … please some buharist should complete for me.

  • sheikh Messi

    Where are Kay soyemi, tundeMESS/tunsj/Julius/manEnough, Maria, Rommel, amazing2012, olatubosun/nightcrawler/womanleader, etc??
    IS THIS BLUNDER TOO HOT TO HANDLE??
    COMMON GUYS! YOU HAVE DEFENDED WORSE! COME AND PACK YOUR SH*T!!

    • Julius

      Moron, read my comment !…I reason well before making a comment unlike you. Your hateful emotion rule your days. I know that you can’t reason beyond your big flat nose to know that the president might not even be aware that corrections weren’t made to the list before it was released. I blame the incompetent of the people in charge of releasing the list.

      • abodes_124

        I blame the President for now. It is only after he has asked for an investigation, found those culpable and publicly announced their punishment that i will take the blame away from him and then live in the hope that such shoddiness will be less likely to recur.

        • Julius

          Well, you are entitled to but you can also give him the benefit of the doubt because of the reason in my comment. He might not know.

  • Bassey Frank

    When we talk about being educated, people think we are being unnecessarily critical. Education plays a huge role in leadership. Incompetence is more dangerous than corruption.

    • Sheikh messi

      My brother, uve said it all. Believe me, anyone who has been involved in leadership/management of any structured organization knows this. Sadly, it seems most of the APC crowd are just loafers. They just won’t get it. That’s why they blame virtually all the blunders of this regime on Jonathan..failing to realize they were caused by GROSS INCOMPETENCE!
      HAS BUHARI BEEN ABLE TO ATTEMPT ANOTHER MEDIA CHAT SINCE THE LAST DISGRACEFUL OUTING?? AND THEY THINK SOMEONE WHO HAS NO CLUE ON ANYTHING CAN RULE EFFECTIVELY??
      LOL!
      they said all he needs do is ‘delegate’..now they blame the ‘cabals’.
      Jokers!

      • Bassey Frank

        You got it, Bros.

    • Hajiya Rommel Tunsj(iya basira

      Appointing incompetent people into positions is usually as a result of nepotism and other such considerations. That in itself is corruption!

      • Bassey Frank

        Precisely.

    • Julius

      I would also assume that your educational level will caution you that the President might not be aware that corrections weren’t made to the list before it was released.

      • Suiluj

        What else can one say? How can a sitting president who claims to be alive appoint not one but up to 3 dead men into political office? This is gravely repugnant but sure not surprising. The Bible says the deep calls unto the deep. At 81 yrs old and already on the departure longue, Mr Buhari is more attuned to the songs and ways of the dead than the living. His unstable mental state has always been in doubt and this explains why his handlers NEVER allows him to take impromptu questions from journalists. NEVER. No press conferences in about 3 years in office as president. Can you beat that? But how long can we continue to manage the situation? Here is a man who does not even know how old he is until he was reminded on his birthday? How did we get here…and why are Nigerians silent? Wole Soyinka where are you? All so called Human Rights Activists where are you? Having a man whose mental state is questionable as president is abuse of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians to have the sane preside. Or are we all mental patients too?

        • Julius

          As I understand it reading thru the post, those were an old list put together when those dead folks were alive.Correct me if I’m wrong. It should have been revisited before releasing it, that I will agree on. Beaurecracts will never cease to amaze me. Tho the buck stops at the president desk but, I blame those that released the list in his name.

          • emmanuel

            It is like a resident in a community who impregnates your Caretaker’s wife and the Caretaker of your residence decides to blame the tenants for not coming to his own house to protect his wife. Does that make sense to you? What is the job of a Boss or Supervisor if not to spot the errors or noise in the submissions of the subordinates? Are you working or you are still a student? I am asking because you will certainly not understand my comments if you never worked in an office. The more you try to defend hin (Buhari) the less sense you make. This is 21st century for goodness sake. I am sure neither Tafawa Balewa, Nnadi Azikiwe or others in their time would have made this unpardonable mistake. How long will you ontinue to defend him?

          • Julius

            I honestly do not expect you to understand anything that do not fit your lazy narratives. Google the United States Senate judiciary committee questioning a Trump nominee for Judgeship. I can’t stand Trump but I also knew that it wasn’t his fault sending the so unqualified nominee for confirmation. It was the fault of the folks in charge of venting the nominee. Government bureaucrats are not like your community caretaker example. Shit happens and yes the buck stops at the presidents desk but, we must also question those that moved that buck to his desk. Hope you do understand.

      • Bassey Frank

        Agreed Sir. His handlers operate within the level of their principal. The bulk stops at the President’s table, Sir. Is it a national embarrassment that such a list would be published without discreet scrutiny? Can’t you see similar slips in our national Budget since PMB became president? In a reasonable environment, those involved will lose their positions IMMEDIATELY. But here; anything goes.

        • Julius

          I agree with you that in a sane country, some heads will roll. Yes, here , anything goes and its unacceptable.

          • John A

            Where these people ever consulted before their appointment?
            Is this how things are done in apc or is it a Nigerian disease?

          • Julius

            I would say in bureaucratic jaggon, shit happens. It’s not only apc or a Nigerian disease. It is however disgraceful.

          • abodes_124

            Thank you Julius. Let us praise good practice and condemn bad practice without equivocation. It is more likely to make decision makers sit up.

          • Julius

            Indeed, I agree!!. You are welcome.

        • abodes_124

          there is a saying about fish rotting from the head.

          • Bassey Frank

            Sure Sir!

  • okenwa

    Anuofia, na only dead Igbo man you go dey appoint for your government. Only dead man can appoint dead man.

    • FineBoy

      And only dead man is complaining

  • Funtain

    I believe it was hurriedly pushed out in other to stem the increasing criticism of FG misgovernance and economic hardship.
    What I could observed in APC government is lack of coordination

    • realist

      It equally shows that those appointed were not consulted first to seek their consent. Another serious flaw.

  • Julius

    I thought that you said he died in the UK long time ago. right ?

  • Nkem

    PREMIUM TIMES
    I also saw names of some people who are already well into their tenures as members of existing Boards of Federal Government Agencies, being appointed into new boards of other agencies.

  • Sheikh messi

    With dead men also competing for jobs, little wonder the unemployment rate has shot up under buhari.

    • Otile

      These are mere ghost workers. Ghost works are intentionally created for corrupt purposes.

    • kaydutch

      lol

  • Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan


    What else can one say? How can a sitting president who claims to be alive appoint not one but up to 3 dead men into political office? This is gravely repugnant but sure not surprising. The Bible says the deep calls unto the deep. At 81 yrs old and already on the departure longue, Mr Buhari is more attuned to the songs and ways of the dead than the living. His unstable mental state has always been in doubt and this explains why his handlers NEVER allows him to take impromptu questions from journalists. NEVER. No press conferences in about 3 years in office as president. Can you beat that? But how long can we continue to manage the situation? Here is a man who does not even know how old he is until he was reminded on his birthday? How did we get here…and why are Nigerians silent? Wole Soyinka where are you? All so called Human Rights Activists where are you? Having a man whose mental state is questionable as president is abuse of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians to have the sane preside. Or are we all mental patients too?

    • Monmalachi Ogbu

      Isn’t Nigeria doomed like this. A nation of retrogression, where the dead leads the living, the illiterates…the educated, those bereft of ideas on anything leading the super intellectual beings. Where are those days of the president speaks 2000-2007 in FRCN & NTA with all other media houses joining, presidential chats of 2009-2015; am ashamed of even all our media houses today especially the electronic media , am ashamed of all the so called activitists who have lost their voices suddenly, am ashamed of the occupy nigeria groups who died within 2 years of emergence of this moribund administration.
      God forbid this happening again come 2019.

      • Otile

        Don’t be ashamed of those who seem to have lost their voices, they lost their voices for a reason. Life has no duplicate. Saying the truth may cost them their lives. Say the truth and Buhari will send a brute, Gen Barutai after you. Where is Nnamdi Kanu today? Wole Soyinka and other vocal people know this. These are the dark days of Nigeria.

    • abodes_124

      Soyinka ate something at a N82 million birthday hosted for him by Amaechi and he has been struck dumb since then.

  • FreeNigeria

    Dead man appointing dead men to run dead government. So much for reviving a dying nation

    • Shahokaya

      A certain Hassan Jonga also appeared in more than one place.

      • Otile

        That means more money in Buhari’s pocket. Tactics comrade, tactics.

        • abodes_124

          the term ghost board member takes on a newmeaning !

          • Otile

            You are great, bro.

    • abodes_124

      Actually i forgot it is Jibrin from Sudan and oga is somewhere else. So if we can be ruled by someone who is somewhere else what’s wrong with appointing other dead people.

  • Frankly speaking

    I never knew buhari is this stuupid.

    • Otile

      He is mainly corrupt but continues to feign ignorance.

  • Frankly speaking

    Even Liberia of 4 million people (Less than the population of Delta State) knew exactly what to do in the presidential elections. They elected a young man whose brain is still alive and working well. On the contrary, some sick Nigerians are already saying that Imam OLODO will still contest the next election in 2019. If he is behaving like this now, only God knows the names he will announce into Cabinent positions. I will not be surprised to see Mungo Park, Usman Dan Fodio etc appear as Ministers or special advisers in 2019

    • Alhaji

      Ahmadu Bello will be appointed as Secretary to the Federal Government while Bakin Zuwo, the Coca-Cola man will be Minister of Justice

    • abodes_124

      He is still very young at 74/75 years . If he wins as expected and amends the constitution as expected, he may beat Mugabes’s record who was getting ready to run and ‘win’ another 7 year term at the age of 93 years. Nigeria ain’t seen nothing yet.

  • Dr Bunmi Binitie

    “…He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7

    “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” Titus 1:15

    Even before i read the report i knew that there was a simple explanation for the mistakes in the list becos i keep an open mind on issues. It is too much a burden for anyone to carry a mind that is always ready to find fault and condemn others. That kind of critical fault-finding mind will surely develop high blood pressure.

    It is obvious that 1) the list was made before those people died and before there was a change of status quo in the others that changed parties etc 2) we have had a gap of many months in the position of the SGF – the one there has just come and the one before that was suspended for a while before the new one came. When the cat is away, the mice play. Thats civil service for you! 3) the list was demanded for suddenly and nobody thought to cross-check it. That was the duty of the civil servants in the SGF’s office.

    How then did all these become the fault of PMB and APC such that many commentators here have been deriding them as tho they themselves never make mistakes?

    • Professor Atatikolo Olokitata

      To be prank with you, I pelieve Jonathan should be blamed for this incompetence. What do you pink?
      May Tubman the great Afro American slave abolishionist sure had you in mind when she declared: “I freed a thousand slaves. i could have freed more only if they knew they were slaves”

      • Dr Bunmi Binitie

        No, Harriet Tubman rather had you in mind when she said that becos we were all slaves for 16 years and now we have been set free but you are rather here crying for those who enslaved you and and hating those whom God sent to set you free!

        • Factsayer

          U dey kid me? Na only una sabi make mistake? U are even lying to yourself which is very dangerous

          • Julius

            Every human being do make mistake. I take it that you are human…right ?

          • abodes_124

            So can we accept that a mistake was made and people should be free to criticise it?

          • Julius

            Yes we can but shouldn’t be put on somebody simply because we hate him or her.

      • Julius

        what do you ‘pink’ ?…you meant ‘think’.. Yes JOnathan was blamed for his incompetence so also should Buhari be blamed for his but you must also do some reasons why this sort of things do happen in any Administration. The president might not even have seen that list before it was released . It’s possible..don’t you ‘think’ ?

    • Expose hypocrisy

      This is a major scandal which goes to show how clueless and inept this administration has been since their inception. Typical Northerner has no business in running any sensitive office in the country, but they will like to be placed there irrespective of their lack of brain power. They are naturally lazy, everything to them is ”Bahkwomi”.

      • Dr Bunmi Binitie

        May God deliver you from tribalism which is hatred for a tribe! I sure you will claim to be a Christian

        “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
        1 John 4:20

        • 0tile

          I hate when the devil quotes the bible to deceive. It is disgusting.

        • Alhaji

          Is what he said not true? Tell Nigerians what northerners have contributed to develop Nigeria. Tell Nigerians what they have achieved since 1960. They want to be oga, rule, steal and loot, tell us their positive achievements in the country.

        • abodes_124

          The North is a region not a tribe – just factual correction. And I make haste to add that i do not approve of tribalism or sectionalism. that is how all the politicians manage to deceive us.

    • The facts

      When would people like you say the president should be held responsible for once. He appointed the SGF, therefore he should be held responsible for his iniquities because we voted for him not the SGF. One of the main reason some Nigerians like you voted against Jonathan is because he refused to take action on issues that happened under him which were done someone else. It is therefore alarming that people like you are refusing to give Buhari the same treatment.

      • Dr Bunmi Binitie

        I can never hold a man responsinle for what he did not do. And i will not follow anyone to do evil just to avenge what others did to Jonathan. Adults dont operate like that

        • 0tile

          You are beginning to sound like the rest of your concubines. It seems you all are now drinking from the same chalice and singing from the same hymnal book. By the way, nibo awon ore yin dele awogbeoloshi, kayode soyemi(fake esq.), dokita patrick kolawole awosan, abubakar tundemash, womanleader1, and co?

        • abodes_124

          So what would you then actually praise or hold buhari responsile for ? He is not at the war front in the North East, he does not grow rice or sell petrol. Consistency and honesty are important

        • The facts

          So what you’re saying in essence is that the people who voted against Jonathan made a mistake?

          • Dr Bunmi Binitie

            Dont put words in my mouth! I could not possibly ever have said or inferred such a falacy. Neither could it have ever come into my mind

    • Julius

      A bi ooo. I made almost the same comment. You know the haters will never give the president any benefit of the doubt. It was a mistake made by his people especially the mini-ogas in charge of releasing that list. Bureaucrats do mess up in any government everywhere in the world.I suspect these lazy hypocrites understands that but, they simple can’t help themselves.

      • Gary

        So you plan to carry your shameful propaganda into the New Year? Eh eRat? Have you no shame sir nor worried about the future of your country under a regime that cannot do something as simple as put together a list of party hacks for political patronage?
        Till Same thing happened when they tried to nominate Ambassadors? We now have an 82 year old Ambassador to the US because he’s related to the nutjob in Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

        A government that cannot put its loyalists into boards surely cannot be expected to solve the more complex problems of Nigeria. A regime where the President was given a plagiarized speech to read cannot solve fuel shortages within a month. Same government whose image-makers routinely insult the people and their intelligence with epithets and ridiculous excuses like telling the world that the President of Nigeria cannot return to work due to rats, no not like you, REAL RATS overran his office!
        Those behind the above are still employed and working for a regime that has overseen unprecedented mass unemployment, hunger and deprivations only seen in nations engulfed in war.
        This is the government you heartless hired guns continuously try to sell to the people of Nigeria. And now talk of four more years of this rudderless regime by a sickly 77-year old autocrat?

        Are you folks crazy like Okorocha?

        • Julius

          Happy new year Gary..I hope you will stop writing long essays as a response to comments in the new year. Why is it that when somebody, anybody says something that doesn’t fit your pre-determined narratives, they are e-rat ? Are you one of the e-rat for making comments as well ? It’s okay to blame Buhari but you must also be fair in pointing out that it may be possible that he didn’t read or they may not have shown him the list before they release it. Your ‘smartness’ ought to allow you to think that is possible. Abeg, excuse me for not reading your whole essay. Stay blessed.

      • abodes_124

        Consistency is important. When farmers increase rice output we praise Buhari for the achievement. When dead people are found amongst people he announces their appointment we blame the bureaucrats.

        • Julius

          I never praise Buhari for the farmers output or otherwise. Buhari can not order or make rains , only the good Lord does that. No bro, I’m not one of the people that throw praises around..I won’t praise governors paying their workers salaries …that’s what they should be doing in the 1st place. I’m consistence.. tho the bucks stop at his desk but, I’m smart enough to know that there are people that brought it there. Got me ?. I dare say that you also know what those pencil pushers does.

    • soloinspired

      In your mind now you are quoting the scripture to say such kind of a thing…. it is well o. so they cant validate such status quo. see when will we be open minded and speak the truth. that is to say that such people appointed were not even informed (and notify) about such appointment. excuse of list being demanded for suddenly, what kind of urgency is that was someone dying or who is putting the president under pressure.Lets be unbiased about issues like this and say things the way they truly are. Thankyo

      • Dr Bunmi Binitie

        What is truth to you may not be truth to me, that’s all. Its the freedom democracy brings. Truth does not mean you have to condemn the government for everything. Some of us will keep encouraging them even when they fall and there nothing any of you can do to stop us.

        • soloinspired

          somethings are not condemning, call a spade a spade. nobody is saying we should not encourage a government, but there are things you don’t give excuses for, or what official and genuine excuse will be giving to this. We are not doing anything to stop you people from supporting a government you are so benefiting from if not you wont underwrite and succor to such corrigendum and faux pas.

          • Dr Bunmi Binitie

            What is all this fuss?!! Are these mistakes that cannot be rectified? Have they endangered anyone?

            We all benefit from the hard work that the government is doing, dont deceive yourself! Is the nation not running? Who is running it and you are not benefitting? Yet you probably live here. Do you ever show appreciation?

            Why cant we cut them some slack and show sympathy? Is that how you people run your homes – all criticisms at every turn and condemnation at every mistake? No wonder marriages dont last any more.

            I am entitled to my opinion and if you are being paid for fighting the government i assure you that those of us who encourage them do it with all pleasure becos if they do well, we will all enjoy and if they fail, we will all suffer. We look to God for our reward cos He will surely reward good works and also evil works too

          • aisha ani

            I wonder O! We all make mistakes every day, they had to release the list quickly because the complaints was too much.

          • GbemigaO

            Here you go again. So you are benefiting as if they are doing you a favour? Do you pay your taxes? Do you feel that your taxes are delivering a fair return based on social amenities ? Can you just stop please.

          • Kallah Bature

            Yes Dr.Their mentors made costly mistakes no sensible leadership will ever contemplate.I clearly remember when they messed up the kidnap of the Chibok girls by refusing that it never happened. What a disaster!!!

        • Otile

          If you insist that what is true is not true to you and Buhari, and that there is nothing people can do to stop you from praising the government, then you are irredeemable. I am glad the First Lady, Aisha does not reason like you, otherwise Nigeria would be in a bloody civil war, and in a wider war with her neighbors right now.

          I don’t blame you, the devil must do his own work.

        • GbemigaO

          But madam- only write or speak when there are good reasons to do so. Not this ma! The more you comment on this issue instead of accepting your gaffe like that of the presidency exposes you to ridicule. No right thinking person except GARBA Shehu will defend this . Please

          • Dr Bunmi Binitie

            How dare you try to control what i do or say! Who are you? What arrogance! Did you set up this forum? You have no capacity to determine what a right-thinking person is, so stop disgracing yourself trying to bully a grandmother!

    • abodes_124

      If any of my managers was involved in this kind of public monumental gaffe I would sack him /her instantly . The list was demanded suddenly – in October 2017 ? I suppose you do really consider 2 months ‘sudden’ for this government.
      you of course think board members being appointed 1 year 4 months to the end of a 4 year term is a cause for celebration.

    • Mayo

      1) With all due respect, there is something called ‘due diligence’ especially if they knew the list had been prepared long ago (2015).

      2) Secondly, no one actually expects Buhari to personally go through the list. It is expected that his appointees (in this case the SGF) would do due diligence and forward to him for final approval but it means it is assumed that Buhari would have appointed ‘responsible’ person as aides. This is a blunder by the SGF and it greatly questions his capacity. At the end of the day the action of the SGF reflects on the President.

    • Ahmed Buhari

      The president is patiently incompetent. Period. Stop defending the indefensible. The appointment of those dead people is only synthomatic of the deep seated lassity with which this administration attends matters of governance of this country. That is why the country as a whole is now comatose and the economy, in tartars. I warrant that it would take the next 13 months before those dead men would be replaced.

    • Ahmed

      Sorry you are not an adult. You are an embarrassment. We are not talking of single issue here, its multiple repetitions and at least 3 dead men in which the president himself publicly announced his sadness at the passing of one of the listed. This is a national duty everything is at his order so a clear case of inept, gross incompetence, or shabby work in the highest office on the land is not a mistake. If you insist may your kids destiny opportunities be handed over to dead men and similar excuse be given.

      • Dr Bunmi Binitie

        Maybe your mother is not an adult and she is an embarassment to you but i am a mother of fine grown sons and a grandmother. I am also a retired medical doctor.

        Your destiny and those of all your generations hve already been handed over to Satan, your father and master and that is why you are ruled by hate and you dwell in darkness. That is your choice but the destinies of my sons and generations have been handed over to the Lord Jesus, the Prince of life.

        Why the curse? The Lord rebuke you!

        “Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord . Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces”. Psalms 58:1‭-‬2‭, ‬6‭-‬7

        • Ahmed

          Quote bible if you want. Your children and grand children’s destiny and future have been given to dead souls. If to you this is a mere mistake. When the goodness of your children and grand kids are to be decided its dead men that would take charge. Curse all you want you don’t decide my faith. call Jesus hundred times but you know him not for you are deceitful old fxxls who need to go away so that sane beings and adults who can say the truth will thrive, we don’t need seniles like yours. Your type that hate truth have done enough damage to this land. Its you the Lord God rebuke as he rebuke the accuser of brethren. As you live in denial so shall good deeds evade and be denied to you and yours.

          • Dr Bunmi Binitie

            Child of Lucifer! Get thee behind me, in Jesus Name. May your curses and evil words be to you, your mother and your generations, in Jesus Name

    • aisha ani

      Thank you ma

    • GbemigaO

      Seriously! You know you are not compelled to write this. When are we going to stop accepting mediocrity? Since you claim to be a medical doctor, I am bold to say that I will continue to pray that I do not get treated by you. You could easily forget your hands inside someone during surgery . Madam. Please stop accepting mediocrity. It is not a normal thing .

      • Dr Bunmi Binitie

        What a depraved mind! You have no idea the kind of hospitals i worked! People like you would never have been allowed near the gate! What arrogance! Stop trolling me, in Jesus Name! Get a life and a job! And go back home for more home-trainning!

  • Expose hypocrisy

    An average northerner do not pay attention to details in whatever they do, you can count how they run offices they head in Nigeria.” Bahkwomi” life style is in their DNA. All they know is just to sign and give orders on how they want something to be done without recourse to details or implications of their actions.

    • Ade

      Buhari is simply and incompetent man who also surrounds himself with incompetent and careless people. Shame

    • Alhaji

      Plus all they know is stealing and looting.

  • Niger Delta AVENGERS

    Niger Delta Avengers where are you? Because you failed to act is the reason for all this nonsense we see in Nigeria. And the stealing of our oil and other resources continues unabated.

  • Monmalachi Ogbu

    Isn’t Nigeria doomed like this. A nation of retrogression, where the dead leads the living, the illiterates…the educated, those bereft of ideas on anything leading the super intellectual beings. Where are those days of the president speaks 2000-2007 in FRCN & NTA with all other media houses joining, presidential chats of 2009-2015; am ashamed of even all our media houses today especially the electronic media , am ashamed of all the so called activitists who have lost their voices suddenly, am ashamed of the occupy nigeria groups who died within 2 years of emergence of this moribund administration. No company or organisations can survive a year if its management run it the way Nigeria is been ran today. Most unfortunately, even those singing the praises of the president cannot appoint him to head their village poultry if he (the president) was to be a job seeker.
    God forbid this happening again come 2019.

  • Revelation Agents Online News

    I love the in depth reporting by Premium Times.You are Guys are Wonderful.

  • Otile

    God forgive sin! Buhari has touched the depth of imbecility.

  • abodes_124

    Corpocracy – Government of he dead, by the dead for the dead and dying.
    seriously though another reflection of our inefficient and in effective government. These at e board members that should have been in post as early as June 2015 and Buhari is just getting round to appointing them. This will now be classed as one of his great achievements for 2017.

  • Du Covenant

    Laziness and ineptitude is the hallmark of Nigerians in leadership. What type of people are working around the President for God sake?. If everyone around the President has done the needful, this embarrassment could have been averted. If the list had been prepared in 2015, alot has changed since then!, what about the duplicate appointments?. Nothing works in Nigeria precisely for this type of attitude towards work and unfortunately I do not see an end to such madness in Nigeria. You set up a business and employ Nigerians, they kill everything because of such lousy attitude to responsibilities, may God help us in Nigeria is all I can say!!!.

  • Timothy

    We learn by the day…this is quite unfortunate and on would expect some semblance of professionalism from those who selected these names…or is it the Nigerian factor where by people undermine the progress of the entire nation to satisfy a selfish interest? I dont know whats going on but I think its time to fix it. Please FIX THIS

    • Julius

      Yes, it’s time to fix it ! I also believe that they simply don’t care because nobody ever made them own up to this responsibilities. In a decent climate, somebody will either lose his or her job or at least get demoted.. not in Nigeria. That’s our problem!!

      • aisha ani

        They will fix it, this is an old list.

        • Julius

          I believe so. Actually, this is the least of our problems but as usual, the see no good in others crowd , the empty barrels and haters took over the news as if the pencil pushers never made mistakes b4.

  • Mentus

    Dr Bunmi Binitie
    Did you get your doctorate by submitting the dissertation you wrote two years earlier even if you were being stampeded to submit.
    There is a word called ‘update’. However sympathetic one wants to be towards Buhari, there is a level of reasoning one should apply when defending him and his aids.
    What about the families of these dead appointees, this late appointment will be nothing short of adding insult to injury.
    In a civilised country the government will owe the an apology and compensate them.
    But then Nigeria is existing in parallel universe and human being are valued less than cows. If they were dealing with cows, they would know precisely how many died, how many were rustled and how to recover them.

    • Dr Bunmi Binitie

      I am a medical doctor

      • 0tile

        Are you not ashamed to claim that you are physician? Where did you study medicine, Mogadishu?
        Stop impugning the integrity of the profession.
        Stop causing people to question your honesty.

      • Kola Koleola

        No you’re not…You definitely not a medical doctor.Quit lying you lying bastard..

        • Dr Bunmi Binitie

          What is the truth? Do you know the truth? What have i ever said that is a lie? What an arrogant boy! Who are you?

          • Kola Koleola

            To think that you actually attended the great ABU and you pride yourself a retired Physician who has devoted her time to running a Christian linked NGO, yet you’re so quick at cursing and accusing fellow contributors.
            I have followed your comments and you have used the phrase “Son of Lucifer, Satan ” to attack those who disagree with your point of view in more than few times.
            It’s unthinkable why these type of vituperations still proceed out of your mouth, considering your age and standing as a Christian which I believe you are.
            Maybe this year we all should ask the Lord to help us with more dose of the THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT which is lacking here. By the way am not arrogant and you do not even know my age. Happy New Year ma’am.

  • Sword of Damocles

    Why does a 75 year old man, who spent 6 months of the previous year bedridden will life-threatening illness, STILL want to be the President for another 4years? I really would like someone to lay out the case for another 4yrs, ie what he Plans to implement that was not done in the 1st 4yrs? M preference would be for the President to address the Nigerian people on why we should have to be put through another 4 years of unmitigated incompetence and cluelessness of provincia/ & corrupt illiterates such as Kyari, Malami, lawal Daura, Isa Funtua, the current SGF? I really cannot believe that we ended up with this lot after the Jonathan debacle. The decline of Nigeria seems unending, and to be progressing from bad to worse to spectacle……

  • Steve

    Everyday the ineptitude of this govt keeps staring us in the face. Incompetence of maximum proportions all over. How could no one bother to take a look at the list just to make sure it is accurate. Funny thing is no one would get fired for this monumental national embarrassment.

  • Victor Olowogorioye

    APC and the FGN should just apologise to the people and stop this unnecessary attempt to explain an obvious gaffe and embarrassment.

    • Julius

      Indeed!!

    • emmanuel

      The APC is a nest of incongruous politicians whose major strength is lies. They know nothing of leadership and has demonstrated that in everything.

  • sympa

    “Jonathan did it”

    • Julius

      Jonathan messed up the country more than releasing an old list for some not so important posts. Hope you do understand and see the difference.

  • sympa

    “Or sorry, PDP sabotaged it”

  • GbemigaO

    Madam – happy new year ahead. Cheers !