Wife of late politician appointed board member speaks

late senator and member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Francis Okpozo. [Photo credit: www.thecable.ng]

Anna Okpozo, the wife of a late senator and member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Francis Okpozo, has reacted to the president’s controversial board appointments in which her late husband’s name appeared.

The appointments of 209 board chairpersons and 1,258 board members were announced on Friday. PREMIUM TIMES reported some of the controversies surrounding the appointments such as the inclusion of dead persons and the duplication of same names on different boards.

The presidency on Saturday tried to explain the inclusion of the dead persons, saying the list was compiled in 2015.

In an interview with Vanguard Newspapers, Mrs. Okpozo said she was surprised when she saw the name. She, however enjoined Nigerians to stop blaming President Buhari adding that nobody is above mistake.

“During the president’s inauguration, my husband was there. When he fell sick and eventually died, we did not hear anything, though the president too was fighting for his life. As the head, he (Buhari) sent a condolence message.

“So, this appointment is giving me some thoughts on whether it was not the president that sent the condolence message. If he was the one that sent the message and was aware that his (late Okpozo) name was on the list, he (Buhari) would have corrected it.

“I am not picking any offence at all because as a president, he cannot know everything about everybody in the whole country. Maybe he had delegated the thing (selection) to some people to do and they did not consult but just published it,” she said.

She however commended President Buhari for remembering her husband adding that her husband is dead and gone and “the living can forge ahead.”

The widow explained that as one of the founders of the All Progressives Congress, her late husband was a close friend of the president and stood by him during the APC presidential primary and presidential election.


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  • wode

    Matured and nice talk from the wife. This is not to exonerate those behind the errors in the published name. We expect very detailed personalities at the corridors of power not just the praise-singers and rabble-rousers.

    • Tunsj

      I agree with you that President Buhari should replace the husband’s name with that of the wife. It’s the right thing to do. Happy New year in advance.

    • Factual Bob

      Are you joking or what ? Is the appointment hereditary? Thoughts and insinuations like yours is why Nigeria is still a toddler in pampers at 57 yrs.

      • wode

        You should have simply stated your own opinion and move on instead of throwing tantrum. That would have been a lot better for you.

        By the way, what is wrong in the wife or any of the children given the position if they are qualified? Are they not Nigerians? Was it not because of the contribution of their breadwinner to the party that made his name included? And who says any of them may not perform better than the man if he were to be alive and appointed? The fact that a child or spouse is given responsibility as a result of the demise of the head of the family has nothing to do the fortune of the nation.

        • Factual Bob

          Appointing the right people to the right jobs is the bedrock for a successful presidential administration,and NOT job for the boys.Sourcing the best talent and matching their skills to the most suitable positions is vital for a smooth transition and effective administration.International best practices have three core insights for making such appointments;a)All Jobs Are Not The same, b)Match The Right Set of Experiences To Each Position,and c) Know That Relevant Experience Really Matters.
          A)All Jobs Are Not the Same: It is important to distinguish between a policy position and a management position, each of which requires different skills.Experts in policy issues are appointed to be responsible for implementation of government policies thereby reducing endless policy somersaults. For management positions,experts with requisite knowledge are appointed into production, regulatory and scientific agencies separately on their individual merits.
          B)Match the Right Set of Experiences to Each Position:Those being considered for administration appointments usually come with impressive resumes,and all efforts MUST be made to match broad experience with the requirements of the job in question. It is important to recognize that the ideal candidates for some jobs may not be a good fit for the next.A dead man’s wife or son may not be ideal replacement even if the man was appointed on merit(in most cases those appointments in Nigeria are not on merit).
          C)Know That Relevant Experience Really Matters:Government departments are large organizations, so pertinent management experience is critical. For example, it’s important to know whether a potential appointee has the relevant experience managing during a crisis,and verifiable track records MUST be probed for the best resilient achievers.
          Wode,can you now see why such appointments are not just means of compensating the president’s or party’s supporters but a serious call for national service to fatherland.

  • Tuesday

    What this woman has just done is notice me and it is strategy. Well done woman. What a husband can do, a wife can do better. I hope Buhari hear you loud and clear.

  • Mentus

    As Oby Ezekwesili said people should be appointed on merit not on being foundation members of APC or whatever party. Appointees should have something to bring to the boards and much as I empathise with the wife appointments should not be a reward by the parties otherwise Nigeria will never ever move on.

    • donald,the russian stooge

      Oby is looking for an appointment and doesn’nt know how to ask without appearing to beg for one ….when she was in government, did she take note ofthose that weren’t qualified to be there?

  • donald,the russian stooge

    Ghost board members …….this is a new low …..

  • Steve

    The woman made a good observation. If buhari sent a condolence message when her husband passed, how come he didn’t remember. It is called alzhemirs disease and it comes with age and aging. Septuagenarians or older have no business running a complex estate like nigeria.

  • Pluti

    During GEJ days, she would have been given an appointment as compensation and money shared with one politician. Now it’s a diffferent one, no accurate statement from PMB, no one has been sacked, resigned or retired. This completely sets this admin as a scandalous and untrustworthy admin with only repetition by 2019. Madam, abeg go sleep